Panel 1: Civil Society Dialogue Stories
Fundamental Rights, Education, Vulnerable Groups
Ceyda DÜVENCİ (Actress, TV Presenter)
Tuvana Foundation for the Education of Motivated Children (TOÇEV) will present “I am Free” project supported under CSD-III, “Children Outside Prison” project supported under CSD-IV and “Free Your Hope” project supported under CSD-V grant schemes accompanied by Antigone Information and Documentation Centre on Racism, Ecology, Peace, and Non Violence (Greece).
Aybike YURTSEVER GUŞA
Deputy General Manager of Tuvana Foundation for the Education of Motivated Children (TOÇEV)
Konstantina PANTZIOU / Project Manager
Christos PAPALEXIOU / Project Expert
Representative of Antigone Information and Documentation Centre on Racism, Ecology, Peace, and Non Violence
FREE YOUR HOPE
Coordinator Beneficiary: Tüvana Foundation for the Education of Children Willing to Learn (TOÇEV) / Turkey
Co-beneficiary(s): Antigone Information and Documentation Centre on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non-Violence / Greece
Project Duration: 15 months
Amount Granted / Project Budget: EUR 196,967.20 / EUR 218,852.45
GOAL OF THE PROJECT:
This project was implemented to develop methodology and policy on the pre-school education in prisons, and to contribute to the sustainable and long-term partnership between the project partners.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROJECT:
- Opening ceremony was organized.
- Preparatory visits were held in the selected prisons for the baseline study.
- Training activities were conducted.
- A study visit to Greece was organized.
- Personnel training activities were carried out.
- A report was developed on the preschool education in prisons.
“We implemented this project to meet the needs of children aged 0 to 6 who live with their mothers in prisons and to strengthen their dialogue and attitudes with their mothers. We conducted activities in 7 prisons located in different provinces. With the help of the training activities under the project, female convicts’ awareness was raised regarding how to establish healthy relations with their children within the restricted areas they live in, to improve their motherhood skills, and to effectively manage the time they spend with their children through games and songs. Additionally, activities were conducted with children aged 0 to 6. We believe that we contributed to the lives of mothers, children, and prison personnel with our project, in which we focused on producing solution-based approaches for the problems between the personnel and the convicts, and helping them build relations and communication with children and deal with the stress they experience.”
Tüvana Foundation for the Education of Children Willing to Learn
Turkish Foundation for Children in Need of Protection (KORUNCUK) will promote “Family Reunification-Psychosocial Support Modelling” project supported under CSD-V grant scheme accompanied by European partner L’Accuel asbl, Centre de Protection de L’Enfant (Belgium).
General Manager of Turkish Foundation for Children in Need of Protection
Representative of European partner L’Accuel asbl, Centre de Protection de L’Enfant
BACK TO HOME PSYCHOSOCIAL MODELLING PROJECT
Coordinator Beneficiary: Foundation for Children in Need of Protection (KORUNCUK) / Turkey
Co-beneficiary(s): L’Accueil Centre de Protection de I’Enfant ASBL / Belgium
Project Duration: 12 months
Amount Granted / Project Budget: EUR 171,942.75 / 191,047.5
GOAL OF THE PROJECT:
This project was implemented to increase information sharing and cooperation between institutions focusing on children in need of protection in Turkey and Europe, to enhance civil society dialogue, and make this dialogue sustainable through EU financial assistance and other unity programmes.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROJECT:
- “Workshop on Reunification Model of Turkey” was held.
- Meetings were organized to share good practices.
- Advocacy and visibility studies were conducted.
“Care and protection for our future generations are among the social phenomena in Turkey, as they are in every country. Our state pursues the policy of returning the children under state’s protection or care to their biological families, provided that the necessary conditions are met. We aimed, with our project, to analyse the family support and reunification processes in EU countries and to establish a new model for developing the current family reunification program in Turkey in order to provide support the practices during the transition. With this perspective, we analysed the child protection systems and family reunification practices, and gathered with our European colleagues for establishing a dialogue and cooperation. As a result of all of these processes, we discussed policy proposals for improvement of the child protection system in Turkey, and developed a model within the scope of the current family reunification program. We hope our project will light the way to our children’s, and thus our society’s, future.”
Foundation for Children in Need of Protection, Turkey