30 March, 2016. Geneva, Switzerland - The University for Peace (UPEACE) created a new project with the aim of contributing with the new Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations tackling different subjects such as the role of education as part of ending poverty and promoting prosperity, by building a scholarship fund for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons.
The purpose is to provide post-graduate education on matters of peace, conflict resolution and transformation and security-related issues, insuring that one day they can return to their homes and become central actors in reconstruction and institutional development.
A total of 525 scholarships will be available for men and women from Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America in the following areas of study: Peace and conflict studies, International Law and Environment, Development and Peace, and the project aims to help approximately 100 refugees and IDP's per academic year at its campus in San Jose, Costa Rica.
UPEACE partnered with UNHCR to select participating students; each participant will choose from one of the University’s M.A. Programmes. Of particular attention will be an intensive language instruction component, to be completed before the start of the academic year, in addition to psychological accompaniment for participants and their families throughout the programme.
This year the University for Peace – represented by Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo, Dean for International Cooperation and Ambassador Ana Teresa Dengo, UPEACE Representative in Vienna - was honoured to participate in the high-level meeting on “Global Responsibility Sharing Through Pathways for Admission of Syrian Refugees”, held in Geneva on 30 March, on this fundamental issue. During this event the Government of Costa Rica endorsed the project “Capacity-Building for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons” and announced its full support to the Refugee Fund:
“We have to prepare the path through peace and reconciliation in Syria. For this reason, the Government of Costa Rica supports the project of UPEACE that includes the training of refugees and displaced persons with the goal of insuring that one day they can return to their homes and become central actors in reconstruction and institutional development.” - Elayne Whyte, UN Ambassador of Costa Rica in Geneva, Switzerland.
The University for Peace welcomes any contribution from individuals or institutions to support this initiattive. For further information, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. See the full project proposal here.
The segment of the meeting can be found in the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEvUMw9i6uw&feature=youtu.be
If you are interested in supporting this initiative by becoming a donor or a partner, please write to email@example.com or donate here: http://bit.ly/28JApIL
For more information, please contact Ana Lucía Guerrero at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +506 2205-9000.