Our work in Turkey
In Turkey, Malala Fund Education Champions are working to increase enrolment and retention rates for out-of-school refugee children. Champion Metin Çorabatır and his team at the Research Center on Asylum and Migration (IGAM) are working to facilitate secondary education access for refugee girls through direct engagement with teachers and parents, as well as advocacy with local authorities and opinion leaders. At YUVA, Champion Özge Sönmez Vardar is developing an inclusive and multicultural educational model with Hacettepe University.
From 2017-2019, Education Champion Network alum Gamze Karadağ Koc led Mavi Kalem's engagement with key stakeholders, working directly with the Istanbul Provincial Directorate of National Education (PDoNE) on a research project surveying 250 Syrian refugee students and teachers to determine the best ways for the government to support their needs.