News ID: 214217
Published: 0419 GMT April 30, 2018

Over 60 percent Syrian children attend school in Turkey

Over 60 percent Syrian children attend school in Turkey

More than 60 percent of Syrian children in Turkey are attending school, an education ministry official said.

“We have been able to send 62 percent of 975,000 school-aged Syrian children to school. This figure was around 20-30 percent earlier,” Nezir Gül, director general of Lifelong Learning in the National Education Ministry told state-run Anadolu Agency, reported.

There are approximately 3.5 million Syrians in Turkey, who have fled civil war in their country.

“We’ve taken every kind of measure to prevent Syrian children from missing out on their right to education,” Gül said.

“Our goal is to send all school-aged [Syrian] children to school, following what our president said,” he said.

The official said they wanted all Syrian children to receive education in schools instead of temporary education centers.

“We have 318 temporary education centers right now. Our goal is to decrease the number of temporary education centers and make students continue their education in schools,” he added.

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