Sheikha Moza visits Syrian refugee camps in Turkey
October 22, 2014 - 5:05:49 am
Gaziantep: H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Education Above All, yesterday visited Syrian refugee camps in Southern Turkey. She visited two camps housing over 16,000 refugees from Aleppo, Homs, Hamma, Latakia and Idlib.
Sheikha Moza assessed educational facilities and conditions for children and teachers in the camps and pledged her support through her programme, Educate A Child, to ensure quality education.
As a result of her visit, possibilities for collaboration were considered as well as an exchange of knowledge between Education Above All and Turkish organisations that specialise in the field, such as Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency and Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority.
Sheikha Moza visited classrooms and community facilities and spoke with teachers, parents and families on difficulties they faced, which inhibited the provision of quality education for children.
She was hosted by Emine Erdogan, First Lady of Turkey, Aysenur Islam, Turkish Minister of Family and Social Policy, and Fatma Sahin, Mayor of Gaziantep.
Ankara, October 22 (QNA) - HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Education Above All (EAA), today witnessed the signing of two Memorandums of Understanding between EAA and two Turkish development and humanitarian agencies.
EAA signed agreements with the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) relating to cooperation in the field of education such as in West Africa and Afghanistan and the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) on collaboration in Primary Education Support for Syrian Refugees in the Republic of Turkey. Her Highness was joined at the signings by Numan Kurtulmus, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey.
The agreements followed Her Highness’s visit to two camps in southern Turkey yesterday housing over 16,000 Syrian refugees. Her Highness met with children, parents and teachers in these camps and pledged her support through EAA’s Educate A Child programme to ensure quality education for the refugee children. Education Above All, and specifically its Educate A Child programme, will now work with both Turkish agencies to jointly support education activities that serve to enrol and retain out-of-school children in quality basic education. Her Highness has long supported education in conflict-affected areas through her initiatives. (QNA)