Yunus Emre Institute has set in train the "Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language" Trainers' Training Program within the scope of the Intensive Training Project (ITP), conducted cooperation with the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) Lifelong Learning Directorate General and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
62 teachers who are actively working in the field attend the third program of the project which seeks to improve educational opportunities of Syrian children who are under temporary protection and help Syrians overcome the language barrier for integrating with society.
As part of the training program organized by Yunus Emre Institute, the teachers working at the Adult Education Centers are given theoretical and practical training on teaching Turkish as a foreign language.
The program was held at Başkent Teacher's Lodge on Tuesday, March 12, with the participation of MoNE Lifelong Learning Directorate General Social Partners and Projects Department ITP Project Assistant Coordinator Suna Tarhan, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Officer Gözde Öztürk Nur and Yunus Emre Institute Turkish Teaching Director Prof. Dr. Yavuz Kartallıoğlu.
In her keynote speech, ITP Project Assistant Coordinator Suna Tarhan stated that the ITP aims to integrate Syrian children with the formal education system. He indicated that their goal of the training program that is constantly developed is to introduce initially 20,000 and eventually 50,000 Syrian children aged between 10 and 18 under temporary protection in our country to the formal education system through remedial training, adding that so far 1,000 students had been integrated with the formal education system.
UNICEF Representative Gözde Öztürk Nur noted that under the UNICEF's ITP project, developed for the survival, protection and development of the children who live under the worst conditions and who are marginalized, 1.6 million refugee children who are guests in Turkey will be channelized to the formal and informal education based on their ages.
Yunus Emre Institute Turkish Teaching Director Prof. Dr. Yavuz Kartallıoğlu underlined that the Institute is preparing training programs geared toward the emerging needs. Kartallıoğlu pointed out that the program offers an opportunity for the experts to receive in-service training and at the same time, refresh their knowledge and perspective through exchange of information with the teachers in the field.
During the program to be held in Ankara between March 12 and March 15, 2019, the participants will attend theoretical and practical training given by Yunus Emre Institute's experts and academics.