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Books and Games for Children on Syrian Cultural Heritage

March – December 2016

This project aims to develop and implement a new method that focuses on cultural heritage for the integration of refugee children to the education system in Turkey. In the project, a package that includes 2 bilingual books and 2 games with a focus on Syrian cultural heritage will be prepared and distributed in selected public schools, temporary education centers and community centers in Istanbul.




The books and games are developed by Syrian writers, and illustrators, and experts on education and Syrian cultural heritage are also consulted. To support this process, meetings will be organized with the teachers from public schools and temporary education centers as well as representatives from community centers to introduce the books and get their feedbacks. The interactive versions of the books and games will also be accessible via Anadolu Kültür’s website.

It is obviously important that the refugee children should be informed and have access to the cultural assets of the host country. However, at the same time, providing them with information about the diverse cultural heritage of Syria will prevent them from being disconnected from their own cultural roots. The tools not only provide refugee kids a better understanding of their history but also equip them with means to share when they want to present themselves. The use of the same tool by the children of Turkey can contribute to a better understanding between the young people and prevent the development of mutual prejudices.

The project is implemented by Anadolu Kültür in cooperation with Pages Bookstore, with the support of Chrest Foundation and Open Society Foundation.