Thousands of people have fled from war in Syria and have found asylum in Turkey. Gaziantep, a city near the Syrian-Turkish border, has become the escape route for refugees looking for shelter. Here we are establishing the first international school for refugee and forgotten children.
The school, which was built in a strategic district - between the slums and the richer neighborhood - is a vital reference point in the heart of the crisis. With our innovative methods, we convey values and skills to provide all children with the same opportunities to grow up free and independent.
3.6m refugees in Turkey
450k refugees in Antep
70% women and children
92% of the children drop out of school before they are 10 years old.
* source UNHCR, 2020
Our school provides a high level of education, according to our education method standards. The curriculum lasts 7 years: one preparatory year, four years of middle school and two years of secondary school. These last years are structured around an international curriculum.
Subjects range from languages, science, arts and humanities in a multidisciplinary perspective. The curriculum is delivered alongside the values of responsibility, generosity, critical thinking and independence. We aim to graduate strong people who are socially conscious and who will grow into professionals that face the challenges of the future and are responsive to the changes needed in the world.
“Beraber” - “together” in Turkish - has been set up in partnership with a local organization, and is the first contact with Still I Rise for young refugees. Through a didactic and recreational approach aimed at language learning, children first join the center informally so that they can get introduced to the Still I Rise culture and approach. This improves their chances of joining the international school at a later time.
Through staff recruitment and the curriculum, we are able to provide our children with a team of highly-qualified teachers. Full time schooling will also offer a chance to socialize among the variety of recreational and practical activities we will offer.
Our international school in Turkey is closed because of Covid, as are all the other schools in the country, but we are working to reopen as soon as possible.
All donations collected in the coming weeks will be used as soon as activities resume.
You can continue to support us in Turkey or choose another school to provide for the most urgent needs.
Thank you for being at our side!