SPARK & Al Fakhoora Announce 589 Higher Education Scholarships
Syrian & Palestinian students Awarded Scholarship to Continue Studying
Tags:Higher Education for Syrians / Jordan / Lebanon / Palestine / Turkey
Scholarship Awarding Ceremony for 589 students in Need of Access to Higher Education
December, 18, 2017 – Beirut
No one wanting an education should be left behind. This is why SPARK in collaboration with Al Fakhoora, are ensuring young talented people who have been hit by war and post-conflict, have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.
On the 13th and 15th of December 2017, the cities of Gaza, Beirut, Gaziantep and Amman held a special ceremony for students who are in most need of support to access education. They have been selected to receive a scholarship under the Dynamic Futures Scholarships Programme, which aims to tackle the need for immediate access to education for refugees.
These scholarships were awarded by SPARK and Al Fakhoora, who are the leading providers of scholarships for refugees in the Middle East with a total of 4,400 young people enrolled since 2015. This programme was made in collaboration with leading universities and vocational institutes in the region; among them are Gaziantep University, the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut, and the Al Quds College in Amman.
The award ceremonies were held to congratulate all 589 students for obtaining the scholarship and entering this new chapter in their lives. Students were invited to celebrate education, talent and youth potential through activities, music and engaging workshops.
To prepare students for this important phase, SPARK and Al Fakhoora invited brilliant professionals to deliver life-changing workshop to students. Speakers focused on teaching students about self development and positive psychology to reach their goals and persist in these difficult times. One of our speakers in Lebanon, was Daena Al Monjed. She is the Vice-President of JCI Syria, and recently awarded best public speaker in the world. She conveyed to students the importance of lateral thinking, of verbal and non-verbal communication and time-management skills.
In Gaziantep, Mustafa Afyouni, the Rector of the University of Aleppo, stressed the importance of education to heal Syria from the ravages of war. He talked about the colossal number of orphans and widows and the urgency to provide them with educational and economic opportunities to become self-reliant.
One of the student speakers, Nowar Rahmouni, shared her story. She told students that she had lost hope in pursuing her studies until she find out about the scholarships for Syrians that SPARK and Al Fakhoora are funding under the Dynamic Futures Programme. She said that “education is power, if you have knowledge you have power.’’
This programme is one of the many initiatives international organisations are establishing to stop the cycle of aid dependency refugees are faced with. Focusing on the youth and on education is essential to guarantee a generation who is equipped and engaged with their community.
Due to the unprecedented interest in the scholarships, the preparations for the next intake of students are already underway. The main focus of the Dynamic Futures programme is to continue to help shape confident, community-minded and professionally skilled youth. The programme was initiated within SPARK’s Higher Education for Syrians and Palestinians which currently operates within Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq/KRG and Jordan, offering scholarships to Syrian refugees and vulnerable youth from the host countries.