Yunus Emre Institute has opened Reyhanlı Education Village Language Center in cooperation with the Orphan Foundation as part of its efforts to contribute to the integration of Syrian guests in Turkey through Turkish teaching activities. The opening ceremony was held at Reyhanlı district of Hatay on April 29, 2019 with the participation of Institute President Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş and Foundation President Mehmet Gülsatar.
Visiting Reyhanlı Education Village, Prof. Dr. Ateş was welcomed by enthusiastic children. Ateş gave a training seminar to Turkish language teachers from different fields. A workshop for making dolls from felt was held for young people during the program which brought together Turkish and Syrian youth. At the center prepared for teaching Turkish to the Syrian teachers, psychologists and care workers working at the Reyhanlı Education Village, the parents of the children will be able to attend the Turkish courses.
The Reyhanlı Education Village is run by the Orphan Foundation to offer accommodation and training to Syrian children, and the Language Center that has been opened to provide Syrian adults with Turkish courses is backed by the Institute.
In this context, the Institute has not only assigned two expert instructors to the center, but also is lending academic support by making its Turkish teaching model available. The center is also using the teaching materials developed by the Institute based on contemporary language teaching methods.
In September 2018, Yunus Emre Institute had organized the "In-service Training Program for Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language" for the teachers who would teach Turkish to Syrian kids living in the Child Life Center in Reyhanlı. The participants had attended theoretical courses, practical work on four basic linguistic skills, and workshops given by the experts from Yunus Emre Institute.