Burns said that while only 4 types of social assistance programs were implemented in 2002, today they provide social assistance under 45 active titles. Emphasizing that they are now able to distribute social assistance in a more efficient and controlled way thanks to the opportunities offered by information technology, Yanık explained that they have provided social assistance at the point of contact thanks to the integrated social assistance information system.
“Politicians have multiplied to advise on aid”
Emphasizing that this is one of the most fundamental principles of providing social assistance consistent with human dignity and dignity, and one of the problems they have observed since day one, Yanık made the following assessment: “In this sense, we stopped making our people wait in aid queues. The welfare cards we gave to 2 million households inform that they can receive their social assistance. We are now providing our assistance in a much quieter and more invisible way, with text messages containing text messages and the requests for residential payments. But I fear that we have exaggerated this silence a little. There is had politicians recently offered advice on how to do our help. But I think we need to share that information a little louder from now on.”
Noting that they mainly transfer payments directly to the accounts of needy citizens through banks, Yanık said that while aid of 24 liras was granted to disabled citizens in 2002, this amount is 991.69 read today.
Help for children
Touching on the social assistance provided to children, Yanık said that they consider topics such as regular nutrition, proper education and proper accommodation options as mandatory elements of child protection to ensure that children can benefit from health services, which are their most important. fundamental rights, during their development process. Burn continued his speech as follows:
“We provide ‘conditional pregnancy assistance’ to pregnant women who need to deliver healthy babies, on the condition that they undergo regular health checks and deliver in hospital. We provide one-stop birthing assistance to all families, whether needy or not, for the needs of the babies born. We provide regular aid of 150 lira per child per month to our families in need until the babies are 2 years old. to our children who need treatment and health care, from the period of pregnancy, requiring regular health check-ups. To date, 1.2 million children benefit from this aid. We support children from needy families with social and economic assistance. Support program (SED). We ensure that they continue their studies and be with their families, with an average aid of 1259 lire per month, without separating them from school. Today, more than 137,000 of our children continue to benefit from SED services with their families.”
Yanik said that by the end of 2020, they were providing conditional education assistance to more than 2 million students, providing free books to 16 million students, and as of 2020, they provided stationery and clothing support to 42,000 students. students whose families were in need.
After the epidemic, due to the fact that face-to-face education started across the country for the first time, Yanık said he transferred 188 million lira to the accounts of 1003 social assistance and solidarity foundations across the country for the winter needs of students such as coats and boots He explained that they meet the needs of elementary, middle and high school students such as transportation and accommodation.
Stating that they have provided approximately 117,000 disabled students with special educational needs with free access to their schools, Yanık said that they have implemented a cash welfare program for military families in the need under thematic social assistance, and that as of the end of 2020, regular assistance was provided to approximately 6,000 military children in need.
As for helping refugees, Yanık said that under the “Conditional Education Assistance Program for Foreigners”, of which UNICEF is one of the implementing partners, and funded by the Union European Union (EU), the regular aid they provide to foreign children temporarily in the country continues, provided that they continue their education, He said that more than 700 thousand foreign children currently enrolled in schools have benefited from this program at least once.
Emphasizing that every child is a trust in humanity, Yanık said, “We look at the issue of child protection, which is an important part of children’s rights, in a holistic framework that covers all areas. needs, from womb to adulthood, and we shape our support accordingly.” mentioned.