19 May 2017

Govt to give $1.3m for Syrian refugee school in Turkey

4:35 pm on 19 May 2017

The government will fund a new school for Syrian refugee children in Turkey.

Gerry Brownlee in Iraq.

Gerry Brownlee in Iraq. Photo: Supplied

It will put $1.3m into the 23-classroom facility.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Gerry Brownlee said that since the start of the Syrian conflict six years ago, Turkey has taken in more than 2,750,000 Syrian refugees.

"The refugee crisis is placing a major burden on Turkey and the region and New Zealand is committed to helping address the needs of these refugees, such as access to basic health care and education," Mr Brownlee said.

New Zealand has provided $27 million in contributions to those affected by war and violence in Syria and Iraq, Mr Brownlee said.

Construction of the school will start later this year.

In 2013 the government funded the construction of three prefabricated schools in refugee camps in Turkey.

The UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has said it was estimated that at least 400,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict and more than 10 million people have been displaced.

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