27 Afghan refugee students receive graduation certificates
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Twenty-seven Afghan students from 10 different educational institutes have received their graduation certificates at a prestigious ceremony in Islamabad.
They were awarded scholarship completion certificates on Monday under the Deutsche Akademische Flüchtlings’ Initiative (DAFI) -- a scholarship assistance programme for refugees.
Funded by the German Government, the programme is implemented worldwide by the UN refugee agency through partner organisations. The scholarships for study at the tertiary level in universities and polytechnic institutions offer a lifeline to poor refugees.
DAFI scholarships have supported about 2,200 Afghan refugee students, including 20 percent females, in Pakistan since 1992. Last year, 122 males and 31 females benefited from the initiative.
German Ambassador Ms. Ina Lepel told participants of the ceremony the objective behind the DAFI programme was to promote self-reliance among refugees by providing them with professional qualification for future employment.
“The DAFI scholarship is a stepping stone, turning dreams into reality and the German government is proud to be a sponsor of this initiative,” she remarked.
Indrika Ratwatte, UNHCR representative, praised the German government for its continued sponsorship of the DAFI scholarships and other refugee projects in Pakistan.
Ratwatte said: “Investing in refugee youth's education is an investment in their future and in the generations to come.” He added educated youth, if provided the right conditions, could become the agents of peace and development.
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