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DID YOU MISS THE SIDE EVENT?

 

If you missed it, you can catch up now.

If you joined it, you have the opportunity to watch it again.

 

 

FIND THE LINK HERE TO THE SESSION

 

 

Side Event to the Brussels V Conference on

“Supporting the future of Syria and the region”

‘HIGHER EDUCATION IN CRISIS SETTINGS MATTERS –

LISTENING TO SYRIAN VOICES AND OTHER TESTIMONIALS’

held on 25 March 2021 (11am - 1 pm CET time)

 

 

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What was this Session all about?

 

In 2014 Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal, launched an emergency scholarship programme for Syrian students caught in the crisis to enable them to complete their higher education. This pioneer multi-stake-holders initiative brought together a number of private and public international donors and partners as well as the Portuguese academic community. With the full support of the Portuguese authorities, since 2014 scores of young Syrian women and men were able to resume their studies. More than one hundred have already graduated with a BA, MA or PhD’s degrees.

Yet numerous other students are still waiting for an education opportunity to bounce back and rebuild hope for the future. Too many youth are being left behind. Without accessible and quality education, youth also end up being left out of the world of work.

This session was about listening to Syrian voices and other testimonials from the ground involved in this initiative in different capacities to raise awareness about the need to boost higher education opportunities for young people caught  up in crisis due to conflict, persecution or natural disasters. It provides a unique opportunity to deeper understand higher education in emergencies both as a very practical, human and emotional subject and as a key strategic policy issue at the core of the so-called triple nexus (humanitarian-development-peace nexus).  At the end of the session participants developed a better understanding of how much “in conflict and crisis situations, higher education serves as a powerful driver for change, shelters 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” (New York Declaration, paragraph 82, 2016). 

As Kholoud, an electronical engineer, alumna of the Global Platform for Syrian Students once said, “if you build a person, the person will build the community and the community will rebuild the country”.

 

Who is this Session for?

 

  • EU and national officers/civil servants working on humanitarian and development policy
  • Diplomatic missions in Brussels
  • Political consultants working on education, humanitarian, development, recovery and rebuilding from conflict  and peace issues  
  • Professionals working in international organizations and NGOs focusing on SDG Agenda, youth, development, humanitarian and peace issues
  • Members of the academic community (higher education institutions, associations and student unions)
  • Journalists and communication professionals who want to learn more about these issues and listen to impact stories
  • Individuals aiming at knowing more about these topics, listening to inspiring stories or being involved in these initiatives
 

 

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  • Source: Global Platform for Syrian Students
Last modified on Friday, 26 March 2021 10:51

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