Project funded by the European Union and implemented under the Grant Scheme of HOPES.
HEM4SY at a Glance (About our Project)
Syrian refugees in Turkey
Over the past 5 years, the number of Syrian refugees increased to more than 3.4 million in Turkey. According to the latest statistics, Kilis is ranked at the top in terms of percentage of the refugee population; the number of refugees in Kilis is around 125.000 constituting 49% of the population. Following Kilis, Hatay ranks at second with 24%, Şanlıurfa third with 21% and Gaziantep at fourth with 16% of refugee population. The overall number of Syrian refugees in these four provinces is 1.258.000 which essentially tells us that 1 in every 3 Syrian refugees in Turkey lives in these provinces (Data: Turkish
Ministry of Interior, DG of Migration Management, 2017 statistics).
These refugees who fled from their countries and war with the hope to find safe ground and better living and working conditions started a new life with new challenges. Although there are government run camps in these provinces, people living outside these camps face accommodation, hygiene, food and clothing problems, making low the quality of their life. Among the people fleeing from Syria, there are many young adults who are at post-secondary age as well as higher education students. These individuals had to leave their schools and education and struggle to find jobs which are most of the time with very low pay. Thus, it is the aim of our Project to identify such interested young adults and provide mentoring for them to continue their higher education, inform them about the opportunities in the region and coach them in starting their careers.
Higher Education and Career Mentoring Module
An education and career mentoring centre will be established at Hasan Kalyoncu University in Gaziantep for mentoring of students and non-student youth. Mobile mentoring will be provided in the other 3 provinces. Training and capacity building of Syrian youth regarding their education/career, CV preparation, communication, interview skills, employability skills, etc. will also be provided in the form of short trainings. Thus, an intensive Turkish language training will be provided in the 4 provinces for 3 months. In addition, 10 youth leaders will be identified and their capacities built for sustainability of
The web interactive portal of the project will have a Question-Answer system where students will be able to ask about different aspects of higher education or career mentoring activities.
Alumni Club (Student Registration)
Among the 100 students who will be trained on career mentoring; a group of trained 10 youth leaders will be formed, these will lead an Alumni club for youth to contribute to continuity and sustainability of project results in their own communities and globally. Alumni club will include different activities such as student registration, these will benefit of different services concerning completion of their studies, getting guidance on their future career pathways, by the end they will volunteer to be guides and helpers for more students in the future. Students will have access to wide range database of students, trainers, job opportunities, online education opportunities, scholarships available, etc.
The mentoring center will provide different services for enhancing youth employability and coaching them in starting their careers through training and capacity building and through the university mentoring centre and Turkish language courses customized towards education, communication and employment in Turkish firms. It will also contribute to training the university and local communities’ teachers to be able to sustain the impact of the projects through training and mentoring more youth in the years to come.
Employment Opportunities (Employer registration)
Through participating in the project; male and female students will have access to wide range of different available job opportunities posted on the HEM4SY web portal. In addition, through the project activities; students will have the opportunity to meet job owners from different businesses and NGOs and this will enhance their employment opportunities.
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