EU backs UN project to educate 230,000 Syrian refugee children in Turkey

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Students attending class at the Syrian School in Ceylanpinar, southern Turkey. File photo: ARA News

Geneva (UN) – The European Union and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have launched a large-scale cash transfer project to increase the number of refugee children attending school in Turkey.

“Education in emergency situations is a top EU priority. Our moral duty is to save this generation of refugee children and invest in their future,” said EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, in a joint press release on EU’s largest-ever humanitarian contribution, valued at 34 million euro.

The contribution comes in support of the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education (CCTE) project.

“The CCTE will help us reach 230,000 children – a major step in preventing a lost generation,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.

Turkey is currently host to more than three million Syrian refugees, almost half of whom are children.

Of them, half a million are already enrolled in school. However, an estimated over 370,000 remain out of school.

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