From Damascus to Rhode Island: Salve Regina University rising senior Araz Khajarian shares how she managed to earn a scholarship that would bring her to safety. Read more.
When Aleppo resident Mariam Hammad's internet connection went bust last October, her chest tightened with worry that she may not be able to continue her studies.The week-long internet blackout in the Syrian city meant she could neither take her online university exams nor reach her professors to explain why. Read more.
The global movement for refugee education is gaining momentum. Spurred in part by the Syrian crisis, prominent actors from Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai to United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown are centering refugee education within the broader movements for universal primary and secondary education and comprehensive emergency response. Almost entirely missing from the conversation, however, is a call and associated actions to support higher education in crisis contexts.
Zainab Abdo was in her last year of secondary school when a bomb hit her family’s apartment building. Now as a refugee in the US, higher education is no easier to attain. Read more.
The IIE estimates more than 200,000 university-aged students in Syria have had their higher education experiences disrupted by war. IIE President and CEO Allan Goodman calls the Syria conflict’s impact on these students unprecedented. And worldwide, the numbers are stark. According to Goodman, only 1% of the world’s 60 million refugees attend a university, compared to a global average enrollment in post-secondary education of 34%. Read more.
Thousands of miles from their home country of Syria, Farid Freyha and Shahim Shaar are settling into their new lives as Knox College students. They are the first students admitted to Knox through an Institute of International Education (IIE) initiative—the Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis—designed to help Syrian students pursue higher education in the United States. Read more.
More than half of all attacks on schools around the world from 2011 to 2015 happened in Syria, according to Save the Children, an international non-governmental organization. Shiyam Galyon said this number is the reason she, along with other Syrian student activists, started the Books Not Bombs campaign, an initiative to push United States universities to offer scholarships to Syrian students and to join the IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis. Read more.
As numerous reports attest to — the refugee crisis is likely the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. The news is rife with images of people fleeing conflict in water-logged rafts, overcrowded into camps, and waiting at border lines. Yet what has been greatly under-reported is the devastating impact mass displacement has had on the very real threat to the future stability of the world: the education crisis. Read more.
It is essential for academic institutions to take a real and active interest in supporting refugee education, especially given that higher education is not usually included in the services provided by humanitarian agencies during conflicts.
Syrian students and academics scattered by war have had their careers and education disrupted. We spoke to the founder of the Jamiya Project, which is trying to reconnect Syrian academics to refugee students through blended online and in-person learning. Read more.