FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 05/10/2019
Young Syrian diaspora from across the UK took part in Jusoor’s 6th Annual Global Conference in London on 5 October to find innovative solutions to the challenges facing Syria’s next generation.
Jusoor’s 6th Annual Global conference “Syrian Youth Innovation Laboratory – Building Bridges to the Future” brought together 100 Syrian scholars, alumni and young professionals and connected them with industry experts and academics to exchange and foster ideas on education, peace-building, entrepreneurship and private sector engagement to build a better future for Syrians.
Grace Atkinson, Executive Director of Jusoor, said:
“This conference shows the positive impact of connecting young talented Syrians from across the UK with constructive tools, insights and contacts to prosper and build a brighter future. Their innovation, ideas and design-led thinking will help unlock opportunities for young Syrians, many of whom have lost valuable years of education or employment.”
This years program focused on the ‘Syrian Youth Innovation Laboratory’, where the participants had a design thinking Masterclass by expert, Fiona Myles, then broke into groups to innovate around the challenges facing Syrian youth diaspora.
Farah Abdin, a young Syrian, who took part in the Syrian Youth Innovation Laboratory said;
“Presenting at the Syrian Youth Innovation Laboratory was an enriching experience. I was delighted to work on several challenges with fellow Syrian scholars using the design thinking technique. Bright minds and inspiring ideas towards a better future for all Syrians.”
Prominent speakers discussed and debated how technology can and cannot be used to help unlock potential opportunities for young Syrians, the role of the diaspora in their local communities, and the potential for Syrian youth to be change makers in their society. This included the Syrian key-note speaker Oudai Tozan, Founder of International Syrian Association for Education Development, a newly launched international support network which aims to support Syrian education all over the world.
This year marks eight years since the start of the conflict in Syria. The UK has re-settled 11, 000 Syrians but thousands of young Syrians have had to put their education and careers on hold since the conflict began. Over one-third of Syrian children are not in education and 1.3 million children are at risk of dropping out, according to UNICEF.
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Notes to Editor
- Jusoor (which means ‘bridges’ in Arabic) is an international NGO founded in 2011 with the mission of “Investing in Syria’s Youth for a Better Tomorrow”. In the short span of 7 years, the organisation has become known as a leading global actor in educational and entrepreneurial programs for Syrian children and youth. To date, Jusoor has enabled more than 607 Syrian students to complete their university education, enrolled 6,000 children in primary education, and supported 82 Syrian entrepreneurs. The organization is known for its innovative approach to development challenges, high-velocity execution, and the strength of its global strategic partnerships and its active volunteer base. For more information visit (https://jusoorsyria.com/
2. Jusoor’s global conference was supported by Capital Guidance