Kuwait Times, Tuesday, Sep 19, 2023 | Rabi Al-Awwal 4, 1445
UNHCR, Kuwait’s Direct Aid sign scholarships deal for refugees
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) signed an
agreement Monday with Direct Aid to provide scholarships for 40 students in the
African Horn region. The agreement, which will provide scholarships at Direct
Aid universities in Africa, aims to provide education for refugees from Somalia,
Kenya, and Tanzania. Nisreen Rubaian, UNHCR representative in Kuwait, told KUNA
after the signing ceremony.
The agreement, she added, also aims at empowering youth and improving their
personal and professional lives to contribute to economic development in the
labor market in host countries. Rubaian said the agreement coincided with the
publication of a report by UNHCR about refugees’ education in 2023, which showed
that more than 50 percent of refugee children were not going to school.
She thanked Direct Aid for offering the scholarships, which showed the genuine
meaning of solidarity. General Manager of Direct Aid, Dr. Abdullah Al-Sumait,
said the partnerships with the UNHCR contribute to better empowerment in the
African communities. He said education was a major pillar for improving living
conditions and the wellbeing of people.