YANYANA (SIDE BY SIDE): PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT PROJECT FOR SYRIAN CHILDREN
YanYana (Side by side) – The Psychosocial Support Project for Syrian Children is carried out by the Individual Human and Mental Health İZ Association, in cooperation with the YUVA Association and Oyun Terapileri (Game Therapies) Association, and with the support of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, and the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIHDR). Project activities started on February 1, 2017 and will continue for 18 months in the province of Istanbul, Turkey.
Since the academic year 2014-2015, Syrian refugee children have been attending formal education at elementary and secondary school level in Turkey. However, they do not speak Turkish, which causes communication difficulties for them at school. Social exclusion, lack of psychosocial support, and lagging in learning lead to greater psychological problems in these children who are already struggling against post-migration trauma and war trauma. Teachers, trying to adapt to this new situation, want to ensure in-class participation of the Syrian children, and they need resources and bilingual materials to ensure psychosocial support to these children. Therapists also need support while working with these traumatized refugee children.
The YanYana (Side by side) Project, developed with the purpose of solving all these problems, aims at eliminating discrimination and xenophobia towards the Syrian refugee children as much as possible. For this purpose, psychosocial support programs are carried out for the people and institutions working with Syrian refugee children. Sustainable tools and methods such as bilingual box games and group therapy models are used in order to create effective and sustainable change.