Turkey has offered free education to 483,000 Syrian schoolchildren so far, the country’s education minister said on Monday.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, Ismet Yilmaz said over half of the 850,000 Syrian refugee schoolchildren in the country were being educated in Turkey’s public school with local children.
“We want to provide national education not only to our own children but also to those who have taken refuge in my country and those who are not able to live in their own country. If a person is uneducated, he or she will be open to additional risks wherever they are,” Yilmaz said.
He said the authorities carried out intensive studies into the education of Syrian refugee students after Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s order last June to immediately complete an offer of free schooling.—Agencies