In Turkey, the policy makers and politicians have encouraged investments on education as a way to eliminate poverty among the young people in general and the young women in particular, while there seems to be a lack of interest in the perceptions and expectations of the young people. This paper has tried to fill this gap and introduced some policy suggestions to construct a bridge between politicians’ intentions and the young people’s perceptions. It is argued that effective policies should be informed by demand side as in this case excluded young people. Otherwise, the policies could not be responded on the ground. This is required active participation of the excluded young people in the process. In other words, they need to be a part of the solution, rather than of the problem. The paper is based on a part of the research about disadvantaged young people aged 15-24 living in Ankara as one of the big metropolis in Turkey sponsored by TUBITAK (Turkish Scientific Research Council) in 2008-2010. Both quantitative and qualitative research techniques were applied during the research. The data has been collected in five stages. First, statistical data sets (TSI, SPD etc.) on young people in general and this specific age group in particular, was analysed. Then, in-depth interviews with service providers to young people in different organisations (local, governmental and non-governmental) were carried out. In the third stage, a questionnaire was applied to 600 young people (300 males and 300 females). At the end of this stage, one day workshop with service providers to share the survey result was arranged and in-depth interviews with selected young people were conducted in the later stage. In the final stage some focus group discussions were executed with these young people.
|Keywords:||Turkey, Young People, Exclusion, Disadvantaged, Education, Policy Making, Active Participation|
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Science and Literature, Abant Izzet Baysal University, Bolu, Turkey
Project Assistant, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Science and Literature, Abant Izzet Baysal University, Bolu, Turkey
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