EU Turkey delegation chief says Turkey has 'set an example for the rest of the world' in edu

Turkey has set an example for the rest of the world in the way it has integrated Syrian children into the Turkish education system, the EU delegation head to Turkey said Friday.

Christian Berger

Christian Berger was speaking in capital Ankara at the opening ceremony of an EU-funded 650 million euro ($759.95 million) project, for the integration of Syrian children into the Turkish education system.

“We have to say that it is an example for the rest of the world,” he said.

“This project shows us once again how hospitable the Turkish people are to the refugee population,” he added.

Berger noted that Turkey was hosting more than 3 million Syrian refugees, and also providing them education and healthcare.

"Considering all of this, we once again need to say that what has been done in Turkey is very impressive,” he said.

The UN Children's Fund, the UN Refugee Agency and the Red Crescent Society would be the implementing partners of the project, he added.

"Education is not just about school buildings. Well-educated teachers and curricula are also required. The right teaching atmosphere is also crucial so that the personal development and transfer of knowledge can turn into the success of children," he said.

He applauded Turkey’s Ministry of National Education and the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) for their "great contribution to integrate 570,000 Syrian children in the education system at an accelerating pace".

"It is our duty to give them the best opportunities to build their future," Berger said.