Recommendations Sheet

Recommendation on The Educational Support for the survivors of Human Rights violations in Syria

Millions of Syrians have been denied the secondary and tertiary educational opportunities they deserve, none more so than those from areas that suffered long-term siege. In our surveying it’s clear that these students are committed to learning but struggle to see pathways to their dreams or even short-term opportunities. This is not surprising given the lack of serious effort to develop comprehensive planning for these students. Continuing a patchwork of largely basic educational provision paired with keeping people alive through basic humanitarian intervention, is problematic in the long-term, will ensure increased levels of displacement, rising support for extremism and means
Syria will not have the skills or experience needed for the future.

These recommendations are for those in Syria and the international community who have
capacity to support the provision of education to Syrians in the north of Syria, especially the
survivors of human rights violations.

International Governments and Donors:

  • Provide support to secondary and tertiary educational entities to increase the quality of
    education: by building the capacity of teachers, providing the resources and thus ensuring they maintain their independence
  • Recognise the educational attainments of students inside Syria by accrediting and recognising the baccalaureate certificates issued by the Syrian Interim Government and qualifications from Syrian universities in opposition controlled areas.
  • Provide full scholarships that are explicitly for the victims of human rights violations’ conditions during the years of war.
  • Ensure a pathway to tertiary education by establishing accredited exam centers in the north of Syria to perform language tests or SAT and YOS programs, thus ensuring that the students inside Syria can meet the universities admission requirements.

Universities:

  • Provide full scholarships that are explicitly for the victims of human rights violations’ conditions during the years of war.
  • Consider, during admission, the special conditions of the victims of human rights violations in Syria, including removing the age restrictions which typically exclude students who lived in besieged areas or survived long periods of detention.
  • Rethink your what you recognise as attainment, including accepting baccalaureate certificates issued by the Syrian Interim Government and more recognition of paid and voluntary civil society contribution.
  • Expand the number of scholarships to degrees and courses delivered as online learning.

Syrian Civil Society and Academic Organizations:

  • Provide small grants or loans for students to cover the costs of university application process.
  • Develop and deliver English and Turkish language courses to prepare for students for the SAT and YOS to enable them to access university education in Turkey and beyond.
  • Establish pre-university programs geared at supporting the university application process,
    including research, application forms and the skills needed for virtual learning.
  • Promote information on scholarships and educational opportunities through local media, and
    community centers scattered inside Syria.
  • Provide the advanced psychosocial support programs to ensure students can cope with their
    academic courses.

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