Social Cohesion Project
The project in brief
Ministry of Family and Social Services (MoFSS) - Turkey
June 2016 - Ongoing
The overall objective of the project is fostering social cohesion among Syrian and host communities and strengthening the resilience of the communities in Turkey through child participation.
Help refugee children to integrate into society, help children to improve themselves, get socialize, find new friends, learn about daily life and surroundings.
There is no special legislative amendment concerning the programme. However, periodical co-operative works, namely “Rolling Workplan”, between MoFSS and UNICEF gives a fresh impulse to our efforts.
Main activities of the Good Practice
Awareness raising activities about child rights, travel activites, activities regarding special days and weeks, various training programmes, environment friendly activities (planting trees, awareness raising programmes for protecting nature), book readings.
Challenges and how they were overcome
The global Covid-19 pandemic is the single biggest challenge encountered worth to mention so far.
How they were overcome
MoFSS, UNICEF and provincial entities co-operate depending on where the activity is held.
Results of the Good Practice
- They will learn a new language.
- They adapt to their new social environment.
- They will have new friends.
- They will be more self-reliant as time passes.
How the project meets the GCR Objectives
Objective 2: Enhance refugee self-reliance
Through help of activities children will learn Turkish language and make friends from their Turkish peers, thus they will perform better in their social and educational life. They will also convey their experiences to their own family members.