The European Union will invest 270 million euros to build and equip schools for Syrian refugee children in Turkey, according to contracts signed by the European Commission on Thursday.
Under these contracts, some 100 schools are to be built and equipped, benefiting over 70,000 Syrian refugee children primarily in Turkey’s southern and southeastern provinces, the Commission said in a press release.
The EU funding will also help the Turkish Ministry of National Education (MoNE) to manage educational infrastructure, the Commission said.
“With the contracts signed today …we will further improve the educational infrastructure on the ground, enabling over 70,000 Syrian refugee children to have access to schooling across the country,” said Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.
The largest part of the funding (200 million euros) comes from the EU’s Facility for Refugees in Turkey, which is designed to address the most critical needs of Syrian refugees and host communities in Turkey today.
The Facility supports the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal to stem the influx of refugees into Europe.