Project Activities

1. Research Activities

Since the civil war started in Syria, it is estimated that more than 2 million refugees/migrants has moved to Turkey. Turkish Government identified these migrants legally as “Temporary Under Protection” and established camps in the border area to provide accommodation, food and nutrition, health, education and other public services. But only 284.000 Syrians were placed in these camps and the rest of the migrants/refugees moved to cities. The majority of these migrants stayed in the border cities like Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa and Hatay but it is estimated that 330.000 of those Syrians moved to live in Istanbul. Most of those people are living in suburbs like Sultanbeyli, Sultanciftligi and etc. These numbers are estimates by academics and government institutions but apart from the number, there is nearly no data about the socioeconomic situation of these migrants. Regarding to this fact, HAGEV with the co-applicants Uskudar University and CEIPES would like to start with research activities.

Activity 1 – Research on Syrian Community: There will be three dimensions in the research. The first dimension will cover the analysis about the socio-economic situation of Syrians in Istanbul. The specific focus will be given to the educational situation of the children of the families and the project partners would like to understand the situation about the educational process for the children of Syrian families. Academics from Uskudar University will prepare the survey forms, these forms will be translated to Arabic and HAGEV will determine 150 families in Sultanbeyli to implement these surveys. The results will be reported and disseminated to the media and public authorities in the pilot area.

Activity 2 – Research on Local Residents: The second dimension of the research activities will focus on the perceptions of local people on Syrian migrants. Especially with the increasing number of migrants and the poor conditions of those migrants led the local people to have a negative perception on the Syrians. These negative perceptions are challenging the public authorities to develop further policies and programs on Syrians. The surveys implemented on local resident will clarify the perceptions and will help the public authorities and NGOs to identify the tools to change those negative perceptions in local level. The survey will be prepared by the academics and implemented to 250 people from all groups. (Gender, income level and other issues will be considered.)

Activity 3 – Research on Best Practices: The third dimension of research will be about the best practices in EU level. The migrants/refugees are still one of the most popular problems discussed in EU level. But the discussion is mostly about the acceptation of the migrants within the borders. EU Countries are still providing the best practices to all world not only in applied level but also in policy level. Regarding to this fact, CEIPES will contact to the NGOs in its network in EU countries and at least 5 best programs/projects for education of migrants’ children will be researched. The research findings will be reported.

The expected results and outputs of this activity group are; 

  • 150 Syrian families will be surveyed and the socio-economic situation with a special emphasis on educational situation of migrants’ children will be analysed. Data will be produced about the topic to be used by NGOs, local administrations etc. for further policy development.
  • 200 residents in Istanbul will be surveyed and the perceptions on Syrians will be analysed and the results will be disseminated to the related parties like NGOs, local administrations etc. Data will be produced about the topic for further policy development.
  • 5 best practices in EU level will be researched and the results will be reported.
  • 3 result reports on these researches will be prepared.

2. Networking between CSOs in Turkey and EU  

The main objective of this project is to create a sustainable cooperation environment between NGOs from Turkey and EU in the field of integration of migrants. HAGEV as a growing foundation in Turkey would like to develop its capacity and widen its network in EU regarding to its activities on migrants in Turkey. To achieve these objectives the project will focus on the activities to access to the NGOs, to create this network and to provide sustainability via know-how sharing. CEIPES which is a very active NGO in the field of migrant integration in Europe is a great chance with this perspective. There will be four activities in this work package.

Activity 1 – Introduction of Project in EU Network: The first step for creation of the network will be an introduction of the project to the related NGOs in EU. CEIPES will use its network and will prepare a database of relevant NGOs in all EU member countries. It is planned to engage at least 50 NGOs in this networking list. After the list will be prepared, e-mail for introduction of the project will be designed and distributed among these institutions. The main idea of this emailing process is to see the feedbacks from the EU NGOs. The migration and refugees issue is one of the hot topics and in the scope of this e-mailing the NGOs will be informed about the network and the feedbacks will be collected and evaluated.

Activity 2 – Online Database and Tools for Network: The sustainability of network will be based on continuing information and know-how sharing. There were implemented many projects targeting to create such networks so far but because the level of information sharing was limited, many of these networks didn’t work well in the past. Based on these experiences HAGEV and CEIPES will create an online tool in which the participants will register themselves and share information about their projects in the field of integration of migrants. Uskudar University, HAGEV and CEIPES will periodically (once in a month) post information notes on this web site to keep the interest high. On the other hand, CEIPES will also follow the EU level projects and gather information and post to the web tool to hold the interest high. This tool will also be helpful to collect the data about the best practices and 2 projects from Europe will be selected to be visited in the scope of the project. Another encouragement for EU NGOs to contribute to the web site will be the study visit in Istanbul. 10 NGO representatives posting their projects about migrants’ integration (specifically about children and education) will be invited to the Study Meeting in Istanbul. It is expected to have at least 15 NGOs actively contributing to the online tool.

Activity 3 – Best Practices’ Visit and Workshops: The networking activities will not be limited to online networking and there will be in-person networking activities in the scope of the project. HAGEV, CEIPES, Uskudar University and 2 selected NGOs representatives from Turkey will establish a delegation of 7 people (5 NGO representatives and 2 staff) and those 7 people will visit 2 cities to see the EU implementations in its own place. The first study visit will be realized to Palermo, Italy as Palermo is the first destination for most of the African migrants/refugees who aim to reach Europe. The biggest camps for these migrants/refugees in Europe are located in this area and there are many migrants living in this area. CEIPES will organize a 3-day study visit for participants from Turkey and during this visit, NGOs, public authorities and their project implementation areas about children education/integration will be visited. The second visit will be determined based on the feedbacks in the network but the best practices in EU level are seen in Scandinavia so it is planned to be in Finland but open to be revision. The organization of second field trip will also be planned by CEIPES and CEIPES will organize the content of the study visit. After the study visits, all participants are expected to prepare a report to share their observations within the network.

Activity 4 – Study Meeting in Istanbul: After the study visits, a study meeting in Istanbul will be organized with participation of representatives of NGOs from EU and Turkey. There will be 7 invited NGO representatives from EU countries selected through their know-how sharing in the web tool and 13 representatives of NGOs from Turkey as well as public educational authorities. The study meeting’s main focus will be about the integration of migrants’/refugees’ children. The policies, projects, pedagogical and psychological topics will be discussed. Uskudar University and CEIPES will make presentations and all participants are expected to contribute the discussion. The programme will have a meeting for the first day and in the second day the projects in Istanbul by NGOs will also be visited.

The expected results and outputs of this activity group are; 

  • A sustainable cooperation infrastructure about migrants/refugees will be created and 100 NGOs from EU and Turkey will be informed about the project and the online tool.
  • 15 NGOs will actively support the online tool and will post once in 3 months about their projects and activities.
  • HAGEV and project partners will post 8 newsletters about the project progress.
  • HAGEV, 2 NGOs and Uskudar University representatives will visit 2 best practices in EU. During these visits know-how sharing will be made among the Turkish participants and institutions visited. The policies, projects, pedagogical and psychological topics will be discussed in the study visit in Istanbul with 20 participants from EU and Turkey. The network will be carried to the in-person networking and the sustainability will be supported by this methodology.

3. Pilot Implementation – Drama, Roleplaying and Gala Night 

The last group of activities will include the pilot implementation and dissemination of results in the project in Turkey. The objective of this group of activity is to facilitate the Syrian refugee/migrant families’ children pre-school orientation with some training activities. There will be 20 children in Sultanbeyli local resident families and 20 children from refugee/migrant families’ children in these events. HAGEV is already supporting the families so there will be no problem of finding 20 children from Syrian families.

Activity 1 – Drama Education: : The drama education is used for orientation of the target audiences to facilitate their adaptation to the society that they are in. 40 children (under 10 years old) will be supported by Drama Experts and the duration of these education activities will be totally 20 hours. The content of the training will support the children’s adaptation to societal life with applied methodologies. With this initial education programme, the children will be oriented with the Turkish children and the intercultural learning process will be started. This drama training will be a preparatory process for role-playing trainings which there will be short-stories to be played by the children. Before the activity will be started, the research results will be shared with the drama experts to revişe their training methodology proper to the situation of the children. The psychodrama expert will also prepare a report about his/her findings on the psychological situation of the Syrian children.

Activity 2 – Role Playing: The objective of this activity is to provide skills for children to internalize the intercultural learning process. An expert will provide a 20 hours training to the children based on the drama training modules. There will be short stories to be animated by the children and these short stories will be an orientation for those children to adapt to the adaptation challenges they have. This methodology has been selected as it has been named as the most efficient way of education in psychology. There will be 5 short stories animated by children during the trainings and these short stories will be presented live in the Gala Night. All equipment needed for this performance will be provided by HAGEV in-kind.

Activity 3 – Gala Night: At the end of the project a Gala Night will be organized. The gala night will be organized to increase the awareness about the situation and disseminate the project results to the public opinion. 150 people will be invited from government, local administrations, NGOs, media and academia to the Gala Night. The short stories animated by the Syrian and Turkish children will be performed and there will be protocol speeches. This program will also be used for dissemination of results in the media to attract the public opinion’s interest on the issue.

The expected results and outputs of this activity group are; 

  • 40 children (Sultanbeyli local residents and Syrian migrants/refugees) will have a 40 hours of training which will be used to facilitate the adaptation of migrant to the society and to prevent the increasing prejudgments within the society.
  • A gala night will be organized to attract the public opinion and disseminate the results to the media.

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