Dear Jusoor friends and family,
Almost six months have passed since our meeting in Berlin at the Jusoor Fourth Annual Conference, which took place last June. We are happy to share with you some of the positive outcomes of that gathering and to announce that the Fifth Annual Conference will take place in Toronto at the end of 2017. In the meantime, we are organizing a regional educational conference in Beirut!
Save the date to attend Jusoor’s emergency education and teacher-training conference in Beirut!
With the Syrian conflict stretching for yet another year, the war has displaced millions of Syrians with the majority of them settling in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. Jusoor’s emergency education conference will concentrate on the improvement of the delivery of emergency education to Syrian refugee children in the Middle East through teacher training. It will provide space for educators working in this area to share experiences and expertise, and to learn about the most recent developments in the the field.
Titled “Generation Hope Conference: Improving Delivery of Emergency Education to Syrian Refugee Children in the Middle East through Teacher Training,” the conference will take place in Beirut on January 10, 2017, with the support of Varkey Foundation.
The conference will focus on the following topics: a) The place of teacher-training in emergency education, b) minimum educational standards for emergency education, and c) supplementary educational components for a wholesome educational intervention.
Career development trainings in Berlin
Jusoor partnered with SINGA to offer Syrian newcomers to Germany workshops to enhance their career profiles and increase their competence to join the job market. One workshop was led by a former BCG consultant on how to use social media for job searching and another by an HR expert/recruiter from Babbel, the language learning app, on resume writing. “We saw a wide range of skill-sets among the participants. They were engaged in the workshops and eager to put their skills to use and join the workforce in Germany,” says Omar Shaya, one of the organizers.
Training for Europe-based Syrian entrepreneurs
Jusoor is launching its first Europe-based entrepreneurship bootcamp this December in Berlin. We are proud to partner with Kiron Open Higher Education to deliver this training. The Bootcamp will run from December 10-20 and we will select a winning team during the final demo day to take part in Jusoor’s 2017 Annual Entrepreneurship Competition.
Application for participation is open until December 8, 2016 (English and Arabic), and 10 teams will be selected based on their potential for growth, job creation, impact on social and economic development, and innovation. The bootcamp ends with a demo day that is open to the public, where participants will pitch their startup ideas to a panel of judges (Ahoy Berlin, Wattstraße 11, Berlin; December 20, 2016 at 15:00). For more information, click here.
Jusoor’s Entrepreneurship Program was launched in 2014 and aims to create a strong collaborative community that helps Syrian entrepreneurs learn from successful businesses, peers, and role models. The program addresses the challenges facing startups and helps guide entrepreneurs through their business development with mentorships, bootcamp programs, and funding.
“We are very glad that Jusoor is stepping up its effort to support Syrians starting a business in Europe as we are currently organising a longer-term incubation program in Berlin with a similar idea. This means that we can build on each others’ local experiences on the topic of entrepreneurship support and thereby improve our offers.”
– Vinzenz Himmighofen, Director of SINGA Deutschland
200 scholarships offered to Syrians living in Germany
Syrian Researchers and Kiron Open Higher Education, who met at Jusoor’s Conference in Berlin, partnered to offer 200 scholarships to refugee students mainly living in Germany, but also in France, Turkey, and Jordan. This program is supported by Google and BMW Foundation with the goal of helping Syrian youth realize a better future using education and science.
The scholarships cover online study costs for 2 years in one of the following tracks: Business & Economics, Engineering, Computer Science, and Social Sciences, followed by studying on campus in one of Kiron’s partner universities for another 2 years.
Computers donation advances learning for Syrian children
Deloitte donated computers to our education program in Lebanon as part of its Middle East’s Digital Youth Program. The donated laptops will form an integral part of making access to online educational resources a reality for these children. We look forward to making the best use of the donated laptops and ‘E-learning for Kids’ courseware.
The Jusoor Leadership Team
Aziza Osman, Dubai
Dania Ismail, Dubai
Fadi Salem, Oxford
Iyad Duwaji, Dallas
Rami Zayat, Abu Dhabi
JP Chilazi, Boston
Rania Succar, San Francisco
Leen Al Zaibak, Toronto
Director: Maya Alkateb-Chami, Philadelphia