This year the G12 students have decided to support The UWC Refugee Initiative.
Lack of access to education is a major issue affecting young refugees, internally displaced and persecuted people. They are five times more likely to be out of school than the rest of us. Refugee communities need future leaders with strong abilities, social consciousness and drive for peace and reconciliation.
This is why UWC launched the UWC Refugee Initiative, which aims to raise the funds for an additional 100 scholarships per year for refugee students.
Last year, our College community, came together to fully fund a two-year IB Refugee Scholarship. Palestinian refugee, Mahmoud, was overwhelmed to have been selected by the UWC National Committee for Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon. In mid-2017, he flew to Europe to begin his new life at UWC Mostar, in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“UWC has expanded my knowledge and given me different perspectives on issues. It changed me to be more understanding and encouraged me to look at each side of the story. I feel more comfortable here since you have the chance to speak up whenever you want about anything—and your voice is being heard by everyone.
This is crucial for a person who is coming from a conflict zone. I feel that I am the voice of all of those Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, who are still deprived of their basic human rights and have no one to hear their suffering.”