By Omer Faruk Cebeci, Ibrahim Yozoglu
SAKARYA, Turkey (AA) - Syrian schoolchildren -- who fled war in their country and took refuge in Turkey -- have obtained their mid-term report cards on Friday during the winter break of the 2017-2018 school year.
Teachers in northern Sakarya province have distributed the report cards to 280 Syrian students studying at Karaman Temporary Education Center.
It was a successful term at the education center, which serves as a bridge between Syrian and Turkish schools, Ali Ciydem, principal of Karaman Temporary Education Center, told Anadolu Agency.
Twenty-six Syrian and 8 Turkish teachers serve at the center, where primary, secondary and pre-school students study.
The temporary education centers in Turkey enable Syrian refugee children to continue their education.
“Turkish students are teaching Turkish language to these students, while the Syrian teachers are teaching their own languages,” Ciydem said. “We help them transfer into Turkish schools by teaching them Turkish language here,” he added.
The curriculum is scheduled with Arabic and Turkish teachers together because Turkey believed Syrian refugees would go back to their homeland after the war is over.
Last November, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced there were 976,000 Syrian children of school-going age living in Turkey and 620,000 of them have been able to continue their education.
Turkey hosts more than 3.2 million Syrians, more than any other country in the world.
Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.
Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict, according to UN figures.