1 November 2017, Sakarya
The press launch for the Social Integration Project Addressing Syrian Refugee Women and Their Families took place at the Sakarya Karaman Temporary Education Centre, attended by KADEM Founding President Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sare Aydın Yılmaz, Sakarya Metropolitan Mayır Zeki Toçoğlu, Sakarya Province Director of National Education Pervin Töre and many distinguished guests.
While the project will identify the vocational education courses to be provided to refugee women and efforts to be made for their subsequent employment, their psychological rehabilitation as well as their economic and cultural integration shall also be ensured.
The inaugural speech for the launch was delivered by Sakarya Metropolitan Mayır Zeki Toçoğlu. Noting that the refugees who are guests in our country as a result of the war in Syria are our siblings, Toçoğlu stated, “providing support for the education of our siblings and their children is also our duty. It is very important that they get a job through this project initiated by KADEM,” drawing attention to the benefits the project will bring to refugees.
In her speech, KADEM Sakarya Representative Zehra Toçoğlu, expressed the excitement they felt for having proceeded to the second phase of the project following the Turkish Language Courses they started for refugee women, and added, “through this project we initiated in partnership with İŞKUR and MEB, we create employment following vocational courses.”
In her speech, Sakarya Province Director of National Education Pervin Töre emphasized on the importance of the education of women. Töre stated, “Educating a women is educating a family, a society. Through this project we target social adaptation addressing Syrian Refugee Women.”
“Women Are Very Important as part of Social Adaptation”
In her speech, KADEM Founding President Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sare Aydın Yılmaz emphasized on the fact that, in the work carried out by KADEM for our guests, Syrian refugee women, they wished to contribute in providing them with a peaceful life in our country in line with universal human rights and values. Aydın stated, “it was women and children who suffered the greatest pain during the war in Syria. Being a women in the shadow of weapons, trying to raise one’s child safely, struggling to survive are naturally more difficult for a woman. As an important member of the family, which is the fundamental unit of the community, women play an important role with respect to social adaptation, the reason for which we focus on women in our work, aiming to ensure that men and children also participate in this adaptation process in this respect. Our social adaptation project addressing Women Syrian Refugee in Sakarya will ensure that work is carried out with regards to vocational education courses and subsequent employment, as well as their psychological rehabilitation and economic and cultural integration.
Following the speeches, the first step was taken with the signing of the Social Adaptation Project Addressing Syrian Refugee Women in Sakarya by KADEM, the Sakarya Province Directorate of National Education, and the Sakarya Province Directorate of the Labor and Employment Agency.
Visiting the Centre for the Social Adaptation Addressing Syrian Refugee Women and their Families following the signing of the protocol, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sare Aydın Yılmaz came together with Syrian women and children for a conversation.