Ankara’nın başkent olmasıyla modern bir proje halini alan ve başlangıcı İstanbul’un fethine dayanan batılılaşma hamleleri yol açmıştır.

German-Turkish Initiative for Collaboration on Refugee Relief

This initiative is based on the conviction that exchange and close cooperation between Germany and Turkey enable both sides to identify and implement better solutions to the shared challenge of integrating refugee children into our societies and schools. By bringing together a network of relevant actors who work with refugee children, the initiative allows project participants to present best practices, learn from each other, and jointly develop new methods of cultural education, which aim to:

  1. strengthen the self-confidence of refugee children and help them overcome traumatic experiences by enabling them to draw on their cultural heritage as they adapt to their new environment,
  2. support their communication and language abilities by employing unconventional methods, particularly those of cultural education, such as music, dance, games and role plays, museums, drama…


How does it work?

The network unites pedagogues, social workers, psychologists, artists, experts from related fields, decision makers on a national and international level from four different regions: the Ruhr Region, Berlin, Istanbul, and Gaziantep. Participants learn about innovative and unconventional approaches to inclusive processes of integration. In workshops, working groups, site visits, and through job shadowing, they will be able to exchange experiences and ideas, and jointly develop new non-formal education methods. Participants will form thematic groups to initiate German-Turkish collaborative projects and continually improve these methods while working with refugee children during the pilot implementation, before finalizing the project outputs.


Beyond the network, the initiative also aims to raise awareness of its objectives among stakeholders and the broader public. Methods and experiences generated through these newly developed projects will be shared with educators, social workers, pedagogues and other important stakeholders in the form of guidebooks, activity manuals, publications, applications for trainers’ trainings, videos, games, etc. The project’s main output, therefore, is a toolbox that comprises cutting-edge creative methods, which aim to improve the non-formal learning environments with refugee children in Germany, Turkey, and beyond. Hands-on recommendations for implementing these methods will also be provided depending on specific aims and target groups.

Who are the participants?

The project aims to form a core group of participants composed of educators, pedagogues, and civil society actors from Germany and Turkey. Participants, among whom are refugees, should be affiliated with organizations that apply innovative concepts in the fields of cultural education, confidence building, integration and/or language support. Participants and institutions should have the motivation and willingness to invest significant time and resources into the project. Ideally, members of the core group should be affiliated with institutions that have an interest in integrating the methods and outputs of the initiative into their daily work with refugee children.


The quality of the pilot projects is ensured through the engagement of professionals and experts who will regularly advise the participants on academic or practical matters. Furthermore, stakeholders in the fields of integration, education, and refugee relief, as well as renowned experts and representatives of the media that may contribute to advocacy and public outreach, are engaged in the project at an early stage to assure greater impact and visibility.


Who are the organizers?

The two-year project is being organized by Anadolu Kültür and Kommunale Integrationszentren Landeskoordinierungsstelle, and is supported by Stiftung Mercator.