The global education union federation draws attention to the long-term consequences of the Turkish military action in Syria for students and educators in the region.
David Edwards, Education International General Secretary, stated: “Education International condemns the Turkish military operations launched by President Erdogan in Northern Syria that have resulted in heavy casualties among Kurdish people. The global trade union movement stands for peace, human rights, the rule of law and democracy. We condemn the use of armed forces in the absence of sanctioned multinational UN operations, in particular against civilians and public service infrastructure like education and health institutions. We are in touch with our members in the region and are prepared to support them.”
The consequences of the violence on schools in the region are terrible, with the education of thousands of children disrupted and no end in sight. Schools are being used as shelters for the thousands of displaced people. The provision of education is a fundamental right and should be a priority everywhere.
Furthermore, the crisis is not limited to Northern Syria. The refugee influx is already causing strain on services and infrastructures in Kurdistan. This will exacerbate existing tensions and vulnerabilities which will increase the need for education and other essential services.
Education International calls for an immediate end to the military aggression so that the people of the region can finally begin the reconstruction process after so many years of war.
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