COUNTRIES: Lebanon
DURATION: 01/01/2019 - 12/31/2019
FUNDER: UNHCR
PARTNER: DAFI, Saïd Foundation, The Asfari Foundation, Hands Up Foundation
CONTACTSamer.Abdallah@worldlearning.org

Program Description

For refugees, tertiary education contributes greatly to forging durable solutions to post-conflict reconstruction, promotes social, economic and gender equity, and provides hope and empowerment to students and their families.

Ensuring the engagement and retention of DAFI students requires a platform of integrated support for their academics, professional skills building, leadership development, access to public and private social and professional activities, as well as strengthening linkages to their refugee and/or host communities.

The program includes robust recruitment and outreach for students in conjunction with UNHCR; engagement with universities as advocates for students; delivery of academic, psycho-social, and professional support for students through intensive monitoring; and expansion of the support network for refugee students and increased engagement in community-based initiatives. These activities will yield strong student learning, help to ensure successful completion of students’ university degree, and build critical soft skills to strengthen their employability and better position them for key employment opportunities upon their return to their country of origin.

The Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative (best known by its acronyms DAFI) is the Higher Education Programme of the United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which enables young refugees to continue post-secondary education and motivates refugee children to stay in school and succeed academically. In Lebanon, the program is funded by the German government and private donors like the Saïd Foundation, The Asfari Foundation and the Hands Up Foundation. During the 2017-2018 academic year DAFI Scholarships supported 350 refugee students.

Program Goals

  • Manage post-secondary education program for Syrian refugee students and support the development of workplace skills and networks for their future community-based initiatives.