Turkey provides education for 300,000 Syrian refugees

Turkish Ministry of Education official says Turkey provides education to 300,000 refugees, adds ’they are our guests'

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

A school where Syrian children are given education in Turkeys southeastern province of Sanliurfa is seen in this photo.

Some 300,000 Syrian refugees, who fled their country due to the civil war, are currently provided with an education in Turkey, a Turkish official said on Wednesday.

The Turkish Ministry of Education deputy secretary Yusuf Buyuk told Anadolu Agency that great efforts had been made to integrate Syrians into the education system in the country's 81 provinces.

Buyuk reiterated that Turkey was currently hosting nearly 2.5 million refugees, and it has spent around 8 billion euros ($8.73 billion) on providing for the refugee population since 2011.

He said that the Syrian students are attending public schools and temporary education centers in refugee camps and in city centers.

"They are our guests. They have rights to education under both national and international law," Buyuk said.

Buyuk added that Turkey wanted to integrate all Syrian children into its schools.

"Until the end of the school year, we will integrate 150,000 more Syrian children into the schools," he said.  

Buyuk also added that Syrian university students will not pay an entry fee.

Syria’s devastating civil war, now in its fifth year, has left at least 250,000 people dead, according to the UN.

Turkey, which has taken in 2.5 million Syrians since the war started in 2011, hosts the world’s largest refugee population.