Gamze Karadağ’s approach
Gamze is an experienced advocate for women’s rights. During her tenure as vice president of Mavi Kalem, she led the organisation’s efforts to support women and children in emergency situations.
With her Malala Fund grant, Gamze worked with key education stakeholders, including the Istanbul Provincial Directorate of National Education (PDoNE) on a research project surveying 250 Syrian refugee students and teachers in order to determine how the government can better support them. Through research and advocacy meetings with public institutions, civil society organisations and research centres, Gamze advocated for PDoNE to apply the adapted Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Guidance Note on psychosocial support in educational institutions in Istanbul and at a national level. The model helps teachers better support the psychosocial well-being of Syrian refugee students so that they continue their education. Gamze also coordinated and managed the training of Turkish teachers in psychosocial support.