Taghrib News Agency (TNA) 27 Sep 2018 - 13:33 http://www.taghribnews.com/en/news/362803/over-600-000-syrian-children-schooled-in-turkey-ministry-data -------------------------------------------------- Title : Over 600,000 Syrian children schooled in Turkey: Ministry data -------------------------------------------------- More than 600,000 Syrian children have been enrolled in the education system for the 2018-2019 school year, according to Turkish Education Ministry data, state-run Anadolu Agency said on Sept. 26. Text : There are 1,047,999Syrianschool-aged refugeechildreninTurkey, the agency said, citing the data figures as of September provided by the General Directorate for Migration in the Turkish Interior Ministry. This figure has been gradually increasing over the years, as it was reported as 833,039 in 2016. School-agedSyrianrefugeechildrenare enrolled in either Turkish public schools or temporary education centers in the country. In an attempt to foster an integration betweenSyrianand Turkishchildren, the Turkish government aims to close the current temporary education centers gradually and transfer the students to public schools. In this respect, for the first time this year, the authorities have made enrollment compulsory for first, fifth, and ninth gradeSyrianchildrenin public schools (instead of temporary education centers). Students in other grades are similarly expected to join public schools in the next education year. The Turkish government s measures led to a 100 percent increase in the number ofSyrianchildrenenrolled in public schools this year compared with the data of last year. The number of temporary education centers was 370 as of Sept. 2017, whereas this figure now stands at 282. The authorities have made the decision not to open any further temporary education centers in the new school year. Temporary education centers teach an accredited curriculum in Arabic, so in order to integrateSyrianchildrento the Turkish education system and remove issues related to language, Turkish language lecturers are employed as part of the project Promoting Integration ofSyrianChildren to TurkishEducationSystem (PICTES). Within the framework of the project PICTES, which was launched in 2016, a total of 390,000Syrianchildrenhave so far received intensive Turkish classes over the period of two years. Some 5,600 Turkish language teachers, 500 guidance teachers and 100 Arabic educators have been employed as part of the project. Currently, 282 temporary education centers in 21 provinces has been offering intensive Turkish classes to 100,678 refugeechildren. Meanwhile, as of September of this year, 12,838 volunteerSyrianteachers have been employed by temporary education centers acrossTurkey. The directorate general for teacher training and improvement in theEducationMinistry has so far provided training including pedagogical guidance to a total of 20,500 volunteerSyrianteachers in 21 provinces. Turkeyhosts 3.56 millionSyrianrefugees, the highest number in the world, according to data from the country s Interior Ministry. Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since 2011. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict, according to the United Nations.