Dubai: Sharjah-based The Large Coronary heart Basis (TBHF) has made a contribution to UNHCR – the UN Refugee Company – to sponsor 25 college scholarships for refugee college students in Pakistan.
The announcement comes as UNHCR’s newest Training Report exhibits that solely 5 per cent of refugees are enrolled in increased training, as compared with 39 per cent amongst non-refugees.
UNHCR talked about TBHF’s contribution in direction of the 25 new scholarships at a joint occasion in Dubai that introduced collectively entities in assist of upper training of refugee college students.
The ‘Reshaping the Way forward for Refugee Youth’ occasion, held as a part of the ‘Aiming Greater’ marketing campaign, additionally heard from 5 refugee college students sharing their success tales. The occasion was held at Dubai Worldwide Monetary Centre in Dubai to lift consciousness on the significance of tertiary training for refugee youth, particularly relating to UNHCR’s Refugee Scholarships Programme (DAFI).
Platform for students
A panel dialogue moderated by the Syrian actress and UNHCR’s Excessive Stage Supporter Kinda Alloush offered a platform for the 5 DAFI students and refugee college students to showcase their journey and replicate on the challenges they needed to overcome to acquire a DAFI scholarship.
The occasion introduced the scholars of a number of international locations of origin equivalent to Syria, South Sudan and Afghanistan amongst others, nearer to attain their objectives.
Path to self-reliance
Houssam Chahine, UNHCR’s chief of Non-public Sector Partnerships in MENA, mentioned: “We respect TBHF’s generosity and assist, which could have nice influence on the way forward for formidable and vivid refugee college students.”
He added: “Our imaginative and prescient is to allow refugees to take part in training and employment and turn out to be not solely self-reliant however very important contributors to their native economies, whether or not they stay at host communities or return to their residence international locations.”
UAE’s humanitarian message
Mariam Al Hammadi, director of TBHF, mentioned: “Our Emirati tradition has all the time been rooted in generosity and compassion, and serving to those that are much less lucky involves us naturally. It’s this very spirit that drives TBHF to guide the altruistic efforts assist unfold the UAE’s humanitarian message to the world.”
She mentioned the assist and dedication of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi, Spouse of the Ruler of Sharjah and UNHCR’s Eminent Advocate, fuelled them to better efforts in securing the way forward for refugee kids and youth.
“TBHF is dedicated to making sure that refugees not solely have entry to primary human requirements but in addition entry to high quality training that may enable them to reside a lifetime of dignity. Along with our worldwide associate, UNHCR, now we have developed a number of sustainable tasks which have been offering entry to training for refugee populations worldwide. We’re proud to be related to the DAFI programme, that underlines the important significance of refugee training and seeks to redress the difficulty,” Al Hammadi added.
Affect of pandemic
Over time, UNHCR mentioned, it’s turning into more and more troublesome for refugees to achieve entry to increased training, particularly contemplating the COVID-19 pandemic and its financial implications.
UNHCR is working in direction of the ‘15by30’ goal to make sure that 15 per cent of younger refugee women and men have entry to increased training by 2030, by way of programmes equivalent to DAFI.
The “longest-running and largest standalone increased training scholarship programme for refugees”, DAFI has supported greater than 18,500 younger refugee ladies and men to pursue their undergraduate levels over its 28-year historical past.