The Syrian Civil War, erupted in the spring of 2011, has taken thousands of lives and has had enormous devastating effect on infrastructure and economy. The conflict destroyed the security, health and education systems, leaving no choice for Syrians but to leave their homes. There are now eight million displaced people within Syria, while about four million have fled from Syria to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. This will have a long-term consequence for the future reconstruction of Syria, as these people now lack any meaningful opportunity to continue their education.
SPARK has established its presence in Syria since 2013 to respond to this dire need emanating from the growing refugee crisis and plan for the region’s early economic recovery. Our programmes focus on supporting early economic recovery planning in Syria as well as empowering refugees to prepare for the reconstruction phase through access to higher education and encouraging them to engage in entrepreneurial activity, especially supporting them to develop their (M)SMEs.
SPARK is currently launching up to five higher vocational institutes inside Syria in the field of Agri-business and technology, applied nursing (first response) in collaboration with local council administrations, local directorates of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG), as well as other aid organisations. These five institutes aim to address local needs of food security, emergency medical treatment, and restoring and rebuilding effectiveness of essential core institutional practices. The institutes will combine higher vocational training with on-the-job training and direct support to local (social) enterprises.