Turkey provides education for Syrian refugee children
Currently 70,000 children receive education in refugee camps, and 71,500 others attend school outside the camps.

Turkish government is offering a range of educational services to more than 150,000 Syrian refugee children, the Turkish Minister of National Education said on Monday.

"I urge the whole world to be sensitive to the needs of Syrian refugee children for education,” Minister Nabi Avci said in a speech at the UNESCO 2014 World Conference onEducation.

Avci pointed out that the Turkish Government has played a critical role in providing for Syrian refugee children education.

The Minister also said that the world remains silent, and Syria’s refugee children continue to pay the price.

At least 1,5 million Syrian refugees currently live in Turkey, and the Turkish government has already spent more than $4.5 billion to help them, the Minister said.

"Many more children reside in host communities than in refugee camps in Turkey. Currently 70,000 children receive education in the camps, while 71,500 others go to school outside the camps.”

"However, only about 150,000 of these children are able to receive an education, with the remaining 200,000 unable to enroll in school”, he said.

UN agency praises Turkey for Syrian women refugee aid

The UN relief agency official praised Turkey's efforts in supporting Syrian women refugees on Monday.

" Turkey has spent more than 4 billion dollars for helpingSyrian refugees. I’d like to thank the Turkish government for their kindness and mercy in hosting displaced Syrians in their country,”said UN High Commission for Refugees Assistant High Commissioner Janet Lim, speaking at the "Women Victims of Syrian War" panel in Turkey's southern province of Gaziantep.

She also stressed that Turkey and UN need a more robust response from the international community to help refugees.

But Lim insisted that care for women refugees is the responsibility of the entire global community, not only Turkey.

"Many Syrian women are in need of psychological support in Syria, as well as other forms of aid. Greater international efforts are needed urgently to solve these rising problems,” commented Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir, designated representative of UN Women to Turkey.

Syria has been gripped by almost constant fighting since the regime launched a violent crackdown in response to anti-government protests in March 2011, triggering a conflict which has spiraled into a civil war.

At least 100,000 deaths have been counted in the conflict since July 2013. The UN has stopped updating the death toll for the country due to difficulties in verifying casualties.


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