Imagine a society without higher education. No doctors to care for the sick; no engineers to build homes. Help Syrian students complete their degrees by funding scholarships from the Global Platform for Syrian Students!
The Global Platform for Syrian Students (GP4SS) is a non-profit organisation which recognizes that higher education plays a unique role in the context of emergencies, as it produces the leaders and skilled workforce that countries need to move forward after crisis and conflict. As the conflict in Syria has triggered the world’s largest humanitarian crisis since World War II, the Global Platform for Syrian Students aims to contribute to respond to this catastrophe, by focusing on Higher Education needs, a neglected area of humanitarian intervention by the international community.
Founded in 2013, by Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal, with the support of the Council of Europe, the League of Arab States, the International Organization of Migrations and the Institute of International Education, this initiative effectively brings together the efforts and the contributions of the various institutions willing to back an emergency mechanism to support Syrian students: governments, international and regional organisations, donor agencies, universities, foundations, NGOs of different cultural backgrounds and faith-based organizations, the private sector and individuals.
From March 2014, Syrian students have been receiving a rare lifeline. A humanitarian rescue operation has allowed over 100 Syrian students selected out of thousands of candidates to resume their university studies at universities around the world under an emergency scholarship program. It offers a comprehensive, integrated higher education services package to the selected students. There are currently 64 students in Portugal, 16 in Lebanon, and dozens more not only in neighbouring countries but also across the world.
A one year scholarship in Portugal costs €6000. WIth this campaign you can multiply the number of scholarships provided, transforming these students’ lives and giving them back a chance to finish their education and rebuild their country.
In support of this campaign, Ar | Respire Connosco will present ‘Rebuilding from Conflict: The Power of Education in Emergencies’. This event will examine why education is important for the individual and the society. It will feature talks from Dr Jo Beall of the British Council and a Syrian student from the programme, as well as a special guest appearance by former Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio. The event will be held on the 11th March at 9pm, in the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown auditorium. Tickets are free, and are available to be reserved when you make a donation to this campaign.