Looking Through the Multicultural Glass: ReExamination of Syrian Refugee Children Education in Turkey

Yıl: 2019 Cilt: 5 Sayı: 2 Sayfa Aralığı: 303 - 322 Metin Dili: İngilizce DOI: 10.32601/ejal.599275 İndeks Tarihi: 11-03-2020

Looking Through the Multicultural Glass: ReExamination of Syrian Refugee Children Education in Turkey

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Turkey presents a unique picture as the host of the highest number of Syrian refugees after the outbreakof civil war in Syria in 2011. According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (2018),Turkey has more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees half of whom are school-aged children. These childrenhave limited access to their basic human right: receiving quality education. Fewer than half ofapproximately one million school aged (ages 5 to 18) Syrian refugee children could receive regulareducation services in Turkey (Directorate General of Immigration Affairs, 2016). Turkey welcomed alarge number of Syrian refugees without taking necessary steps in its education system. Embracingcultural diversity via multiculturalism, and multilingual education, one needs to direct the attention ofthe audience to the long-term struggle of refugee children in Turkish education system and draw aconceptual framework for quality education and excellence in teacher education. The present paper is anattempt to highlight the role of multicultural education; more specifically through the lens ofmulticultural literacy practices. Highlighting the contributions of various genres of different ethnic andracial backgrounds such as songs, poetry, fiction, (auto)biographies, multicultural literacy could increasecultural awareness and understanding of pupils, teachers, administrators and the communities, andcould help establish enriching learning experiences for Turkish and Syrian children. Multiculturalliterature provides a meaningful platform affirming differences and showing cultural connections,revealing social issues, necessitating action against injustice, and embracing diverse cultures. Whenimplemented with care, multicultural literacy could increase academic achievement of ethnic minorityand at-risk students, heighten cultural awareness and understanding of all students, and providemeaningful learning opportunities for all. The present paper aims to delve into the relationship amongEnglish as a lingua franca, Syrian refugee children education, and the theoretical underpinning ofmulticultural and multi-ethnic education in relation to English language instruction in Turkey.© 2019 EJAL & the Authors. Published by Eurasian Journal of Applied Linguistics (EJAL). This is an open-accessarticle distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY-NC-ND)(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
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