May 3, 2023

Container classrooms will help earthquake-affected students resume education

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The earthquakes in Türkiye that took place in February destroyed many educational buildings and schools. Now, in the heavily-affected areas in the southeast of the country, students are at risk of falling behind in their education.

Many young people have moved to other cities, so university campuses are providing options to switch to remote education. However, there are still thousands of young people without the option to relocate and those who remain in the earthquake-affected cities lack the proper infrastructure to continue their studies in person. 

In order to boost the capacity of local universities, SPARK has donated six containers to Hatay Mustafa Kemal University, where the worst effects of the earthquakes have been felt. This donation is made possible with the support of the European Union through the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis, the ‘MADAD’ fund.

In the aftermath of the earthquake, the university was severely affected by the earthquake and suffered reduced capacity to deliver classes to its students. The temporary containers provide a solution for professors and students, featuring laptops, projection devices, desks, chairs, and white boards. The Hatay Mustafa Kemal University has allocated these classrooms to the medical sciences, veterinary and dentistry departments. In the fall the university will resume face-to-face education and students of these departments will attend courses and experience the benefits of face-to-face education.

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It is expected that people who have fled the cities in the immediate aftermath of the disaster will soon be back and that earthquake-affected cities may struggle to cope with the increased demand of services, including safe locations for learning. Supporting institutions, such as Hatay Mustafa Kemal University, to resume their activities helps the city recover. 

SPARK remains committed to supporting communities affected by conflict, disasters and instability by promoting sustainable, economic development. SPARK continues to support entrepreneurs, businesses and students throughout the earthquake-affected communities.

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