KOGED is a non-profit, non-governmental NGO founded in 2009 by a group of dedicated educators who wanted to to contribute to the cultural and social development of the community and personal development of individuals and to address social challenges such as violence against women, school drop outs, youth entrepreneurship and migration challenges in the Kocaeli region.
KOGED has wide experience in developing, implementing and disseminating national& international projects funded by several donors such as the EU and the UN. Within the scope of these projects, the organisation has implemented several non-formal training activities and organised awareness-raising events&campaigns to raise the community’s awareness of important social issues. It has also secured a a wide network of local/regional/international contacts including CSOs, schools, local municipalities , public institutions and Kocaeli University through collaboration in many projects. This is expected to facilitate the proper dissemination of the proposed project.
Among the issues KOGED has addressed are equity, gender equality, women’s rights, volunteerism, vocational guidance , linguistic& IT skills training, youth entrepreneurship,social entrepreneurship , food wastage, migrants and the professional development of migrant-related educators. KOGED also offers support and mentorship to other NGOs about project development and management.
Currently, Kocaeli has been hosting about 49 .726 registered Syrian IDPs under temporary protection(General Directorate of Migration Management, 2018). We believe that they are the responsibility of all organisations, not only those with a specialised focus on migrants and /or refugees. Since the majority of the KOGED staff are educators, they firmly maintain the view that young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds should have access to the services and programs, education being the first and foremost, that all young people do. In addition, the local community’s awareness of the refugees’ plight should be increased and their engagement secured to ease social tensions and create greater acceptance of asylum seekers . Hence, KOGED is engaged in awareness-raising activities to highlight the social challenges faced by the Syrian and other nationality migrants living under temporary protection in the area. We organize events to promote awareness on the importance of the engagement of NGOs, especially youth organisations/ initiatives and volunteers, to produce practical solutions to the problems refugees are faced with and change the mindset of the mainstream public.