Mondo has been active in Turkey since 2016.
Turkey has the largest number of Syrian refugees, with a total of over 3.4 million registered refugees. 90% of them live outside refugee camps. More than 40% of school-age children do not go to school. The situation is further complicated by the language difference. It affects children’s education. Many children and teenagers have not attended school at all or have been away from school for more than 4 years. These young people need access to vocational training, language lessons and higher education. Tutoring is important to help young people return to school. Therefore, there is an urgent need for non-formal and formal education programs to accelerate children’s return to school or the acquisition of vocational skills.
Mondo’s partner in Turkey is the Education Center Small Projects Istanbul (SPI). The center is used by hundreds of Syrian refugee families living in the city. They use it for Turkish and English language courses and income-generating handicraft workshops. In addition, Mondo sends volunteers to the SPI Center to support activities there and increase professional competence in working with refugees that can be applied in Estonia. In total, more than 500 refugees living in Turkey have received support from Mondo.
Mondo’s work in Turkey is supported by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Commission.