Today, Turkey is home to the largest number of Syrians, with nearly 2.5 million. Meanwhile the number of Syrian children has surpassed 1 million, and over 450,000 remain out of school. Being away from school or not continuing education means "lost generation". Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM) aims to improve equitable access to education and provide psychosocial support to children whose future is slipping away.
As the conflicts drags on, children have been streaming across borders to escape the violence in their homeland. This generation of children is being shaped not only by violence and displacement but also by an absence of prospects for their future. Economic pressures on families who have fled to neighbouring countries mean children face years without formal education, many forced into child labour or early marriage.
A pen and a book can give hope to refugee children. They are the best weapon against hatred and radicalization. When you educate children you teach them how they advocate their right and help to improve essential life skills. In this context, ASAM will provide language trainings for refugee childrens and teacher trainings to learn how to work with refugee students; distribute learning materials; offer transportation facilities and organise peacebuilding activities in schools.
Providing children with schooling during conflicts help them avoid child labour, early marriage and prevent radicalization and marginalization. Education is more than just economics it is about aspiration, hopes and dreams. One day, when the crisis ends and these children grow up, they will be the ones rebuild their countries. The world, cannot afford to lose a generation of children to hopelessness, especially when it is children who can help drive forward a future of peace.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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