Anchor: A school for Syrian refugee children in Turkey has opened with the support of South Korea. A ceremony was held on Tuesday local time to mark the school's launch. The school in the town of Islahiye in southeastern Turkey is hoping to reach out and provide a proper education for one-thousand children.
Park Jong-hong has the details.
Report: The South Korean Embassy in Turkey and the country’s disaster management agency AFAD have set up a school for refugee children in the southeastern part of the country.
A ceremony to mark the opening of the school was held, attended by South Korean Ambassador to Turkey Cho Yun-soo, AFAD officials led by director for development Cengiz Akın, local authorities and some 100 refugee children.
Ambassador Cho said South Korea went through the Korean War and the number of North Korean defectors in the South has gone up recently. Cho said just as South Korea emerged from the ashes of war and onto the global stage by way of education, he wishes Syria will also be able to overcome its civil war through that path.
AFAD director Aken noted that Turkey, which had dispatched troops to fight in the Korean War, set up the Ankara School in South Korea that was in operation until the 1970s. He said it is significant that now, a similar undertaking has been jointly achieved in Turkey.
The school in the town of Islahiye in Gaziantep Province can accommodate one-thousand students and is the first of four schools directly funded by South Korea to open in Turkey. South Korea is the third country after Belgium and New Zealand to open a school through direct support going beyond the indirect support of UNICEF.
Previous schools set up at refugee camps were makeshift facilities made from tents and lacked proper equipment.
In Turkey, 60 percent of the Syrian refugee children are not receiving a proper education.
Park Jong-hong, KBS World Radio News.