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Demystifying the Scholarship Search: Reflections Over IIE PEER

In March of 2017 the Institute for International Education launched the Platform for Education in Emergencies Response, or the IIE PEER program.  The launch of IIE PEER was in response to several identifiable gaps in the field of higher education for refugees and displaced students.  Providing displaced students an opportunity to attend university is wrought with many challenges both practical and ideological, including funding, different credentialing standards and the recognition of the need to support the education refugee and displaced students at large.

Taking a Hard Look at Teacher Training

Originally published by Al-Fanar Media and reprinted with permission.

At the corner of a busy intersection on the southern edge of Beirut, behind mirrored glass and a towering razor-wire fence, a group of researchers gathered inside Unesco’s Beirut office last month for a two-day conference that focused on the challenges faced by teacher-education reformers across the Arab world.

One of the first hurdles reformers must clear is just getting teachers to buy into their efforts.

Education Above All Foundation announces 589 higher education scholarships for Syrian and Palestinian youth in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine

Originally published by Reliefweb and reprinted with permission.

Education Above All (EAA), through its programme Al Fakhoora announces the awarding of higher education scholarships to Syrian and Palestinians students. 489 scholarships are co-funded and implemented by SPARK in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, while the remaining 100 scholarships are implemented in the Gaza Strip by UNDP's Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People.

EU Syria Trust Fund: New Assistance Package Worth €150 Million Adopted to Support Syrian Refugees and Host Communities

Originally published by the European Commission and reprinted with permission.

Today, the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis adopted new projects totalling €150 million to support refugees and their host communities in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Serbia.

The Dutch Learn to Welcome Refugee Students

Originally published by Al-Fanar Media and reprinted with permission.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands–When Wassim Mahmoud needs help navigating student life in Amsterdam, he turns to Rosa Rietkerk, a Dutch political-science student.

Mahmoud, a 29-year-old Palestinian from Syria, and Rietkerk, 20, met through the Foundation for Refugee Students (known by its Dutch acronym, UAF), a charity that supports refugees in higher education.

Global Leaders Call for Action for Young Refugees in the Face of a Growing Education Crisis

Originally published by Education Above All and reprinted with permission.

At today's World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha, hosted and attended by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, the chairperson of Education Above All Foundation, world leaders called for action to help young refugees and internally displaced youths.

Jordan Switches on World's Largest Solar Plant in Refugee Camp

Originally published by Reuters and reprinted with permission.

LONDON/ZAATARI, Jordan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Jordan has switched on the world’s largest solar plant inside a refugee camp, providing renewable energy to nearly 80,000 Syrians, the United Nations refugee agency said on Monday. Read more.

Comics Take a Candid Look at Refugee Lives

Originally published by Al-Fanar Media and reprinted with permission.

With the refugee crisis in Lebanon grinding on into its seventh year, Solidarités International—a French nongovernmental organization whose main work is providing safe water, hygiene and sanitation systems to settlements of displaced Syrians—found that it needed a new way to tell its story.

As “donor fatigue” set in, the organization saw that the usual forms of aid-agency public relations—press releases, documentary photography or videos—were not enough.

Australia Grants AU$30 million to UNICEF to Strengthen Access to Education for Vulnerable Children in Lebanon Over the Next Three Years

Originally published by Reliefweb and reprinted with permission.

The Government of Australia announced a $30 million (AUD) contribution to UNICEF over the next three years to increase access to quality education in public schools and strengthen the Lebanese education system through its support to Lebanon’s ‘Reaching All Children with Education’ (RACE II) strategy.