Amman, Jordan (3 November 2013) – The negative impact of conflict on education can be seen across the world in places that are suffering through war, occupation, and civil strife. Institutions stop functioning, teachers and students alike lose their lives, and many flee to safe havens if they have a chance. Many of these refugees are unable to continue their education because of financial concerns, putting their dreams on hold and contributing to a cycle of poverty that plagues displaced communities.
The Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative (DAFI), funded by the German government and administered by UNHCR, improves refugees' self reliance by financially supporting the continuation of their higher education. This crucial program's implementing partner is the Jubilee Center for Excellence in Education (JCEE), which was entrusted by UNHCR to undertake all DAFI operations in Jordan in 2010.
This year, a wide selection of college students from regions in conflict was selected for the program, hailing from Syria, Iraq, and Somalia. The students also represented a great diversity of disciplines – several selected fields related to health such as medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy; others decided on journalism, civil engineering, mathematics, English, physics, and education for those with disabilities. No matter what they have chosen to study, JCEE's administration of the DAFI program provides some of Jordan's most vulnerable with hope for a brighter future.