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Social Inclusion has a purpose of providing a solution to the people with low income levels, who have difficulty in equal participation in the society due to their educational background and physical or mental disabilities, through institutional regulations.
Main policies regarding the inclusion of young people in social life in Turkey are included in National Youth and Sports Policy Document. In addition, 10th Development Plan also contains actions regarding the social inclusion of young people. In both legislative regulations, both inter-institutional and inter-sectorial approaches are implemented while policies and actions are prepared in accordance with the fundamental principles of governance. In the last Development Plan (11th Development Plan) social inclusion is referred within 71th development measure.The relevant line envisions that social inclusion, sustainable development and protection of environement should be taken into consideration as key benchmarks in developing the city plans.
When the policies and targets included in the “Disadvantaged Young People and Social Inclusion” main political area of the National Youth and Sports Policy Document are reviewed, stakeholders are identified from all sectors in relation to each policy and target.
Main actors in the field of social inclusion are as follows:
- Ministry of Youth and Sports,
- Ministry of National Education,
- Ministry of Development,
- Ministry of Family and Social Policies,
- Ministry of Labour and Social Security,
- Ministry of European Union Affairs,
- Turkish Employment Agency,
- Social Security Institution.
In the Youth Centres social inclusion educations and programmes is implemented for the disadvantageous youngsters as well as for the Syrian youngsters which are under temporary protection in cooperation with charity organisations. Ministry of Youth and Sports collaborates with local civil organisations in determining the youngsters who are under the risk of social exclusion.
Within the framework of youthwork for fostering social inclusion, Youth Projects Support Programme offers grant opportunities to civil and voluntary organisations targeting the young people facing social exclusion or disadvantage whatsoever. This grant programme constitutes a basis for cooperation between the Ministry and the civil organisations in the field of social inclusion of young people.
Within the framework of Project SIROMA, “Technical Assistance for Promoting Social Inclusion in Densely Roma Populated Areas” which is co-financed by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey, the Beneficiaries, namely Ministry of Family and Social Policies, Ministry of National Education and Ministry of Health mutually implement appropriate measures in the areas of social protection, education, health and employement of Rome People.