In the context of the celebration of World Refugee Day in 2019, the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will jointly organise a series of events highlighting the importance of higher education for refugees and the DAFI refugee scholarship programme. The celebrations will commence with the opening of a photography exhibit documenting testimonials of DAFI refugee scholars from around the world. It is planned that the UNHCR High Commissioner and the German Foreign Minister will provide the welcoming addresses. Titled “The Other 1%”, in reference to the 1% of refugees who have access to higher education, the photographs will be on display for public viewing in the Lichthof at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for three weeks following World Refugee Day.
A principle feature of the events in Berlin will be the attendance of a delegation of students and alumni from DAFI, and Connected Learning programmes. The students will play an active role in the events throughout the week of World Refugee Day, speaking to their experiences, providing commentary at the photo exhibition, and interacting with academic, government, public and donor attendees. Prior to the World Refugee Day events, the students will participate in a workshop with to explore the possibility of forming a global refugee higher education student council. UNHCR Education Section will facilitate the participation of the refugee student delegation, including organising a city tour, joint dinners and meetings with German parliamentarians, educators and students. In addition to adding richness and context to the event, it is hoped the students will gain valuable experience from the chance to network with each other and other attendees, exposure to Germany and the vibrant city of Berlin, and the opportunity to develop their presentation and advocacy skills in this high-profile interactive setting.
Agenda + Logistics
Students are expected to arrive in Berlin on the 15th of June 2019. Activities and events will take place throughout the week with the primary celebration and opening of the photo exhibition. Students will likely depart for return to their country of asylum on the 22nd of June 2019. UNHCR Education Section will be responsible for all logistics and costs, airport pick up, meals, accommodation, event preparation and social activities.
Minimum requirements for participation are as follows:
- Valid passport or travel document (German Ministry of Foreign Affairs will issue invitations and facilitate the visa process)
- Current Kepler student with refugee status from Cohorts 2015 or 2016 in good academic standing
- Excellent spoken English language
- High level of confidence and willingness to speak in public, interact with attendees and colleagues, Parliamentarians and German students
- Desire to participate in student workshop and other group activities
If you are interested in representing Kepler at this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following documents by Monday, February 25th at 9am
- A short personal biographical statement
- A letter of motivation (500-1,000 words)
- A scanned copy of your passport or travel document
- A signed letter from your advisor that states you are in good academic standing at Kepler