Lisbon/Portugal – President Sampaio, Chairman of the Global Platform for Syrian Students and the Portuguese High Commissioner for Migrants signed, today, 26 July, a Cooperation Agreement that creates 12 new scholarships available for refugees in Portugal. The ceremony was chaired by Mr. Eduardo Cabrita, Minister in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister in charge of welcoming and integrating Refugees in Portugal. The ceremony was also attended by Ms. Catarina Marcelino, Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality of Portugal.
During the ceremony, Ryam, Zabya, Mohammad and Mustafa, Syrian students in Portugal, shared with the audience some moving thoughts about their experience and made a strong call for more opportunities for Syrian students to complete their education.
These scholarships will be already available and awarded for the upcoming academic year of 2017-2018. A call for applications will be announced in coming days.
With this new step, Portugal is at the forefront of the implementation of the commitment made at the UN Summit on refugees and migrants held last September, expressed in the paragraph 82 of the New York Declaration which aims at boosting higher education opportunities for refugees and forced migrants. This paragraph reads as follows: “ … We will also promote tertiary education, skills training and vocational education. In conflict and crisis situations, higher education serves as a powerful driver for change, shelters and protects a critical group of young men and women by maintaining their hopes for the future, fosters inclusion and non-discrimination and acts as a catalyst for the recovery and rebuilding of post-conflict countries”.
Please read the full remarks made by President Sampaio on the occasion (in Portuguese).