TORONTO, ON, July 31, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- In a continued effort to contribute to the improvement of the education of young women living in the Middle East, The Daughters for Life Foundation is proud to announce the launch of its 2015 student recruitment campaign. With the violence escalating at an unprecedented level in the Middle East, access to higher education for girls and young women is getting harder every day. Each year since 2009, The Daughters for Life Foundation offers to bright and talented Grade 12 students and recent graduates the opportunity to obtain full scholarships to come and study in selected universities in the Canada, the United States, Bangladesh and the United Kingdom.
Education is a key part of strategies to improve individuals' well-being and societies' economic and social development. However in the Middle East 42% of girls( 50,057), age 15 are illiterate. The Daughters for Life Foundation believes that lasting peace in the Middle East depends on empowering girls and young women through education to develop strong voices for the betterment of life throughout the Middle East. To that end, providing scholarships for aspiring young women enables them to pursue studies otherwise inaccessible to them. Scholarships at the graduate and undergraduate level are offered to students currently living in Egypt, Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria, as well as most other countries located in the Middle East area.
Our recipients are chosen not only for their academic achievements, often in the face of socio-economic adversity and hardship, but also for their character and commitment to improving the lives of girls and young women in the Middle East. Our goal is to invest in their potential for leadership and foster their success in whatever fields they choose to pursue.
On January 2009, an Israeli tank shelled the home of Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, founder and President of The Daughters for Life Foundation, in the Gaza Strip killing three of his daughters, Bessan, 21, Mayar, 15, and Aya, 13. The Daughters for Life Foundation was established in memory of his daughters and seeks to honour their love of life and learning and their hopes and dreams for an educated future. Reflecting back on this unfortunate event Dr. Abuelaish said: "I know that what I have lost. What was taken from me will never come back. But as a physician and a Muslim of deep faith, I need to move forward to the light , motivated by the spirits of those I lost. I need to bring them justice... I will keep moving but I need you to join me in this long journey."
All grade 12 students and recent graduates, currently living in a Middle East country, are encouraged to submit their candidatures for the available scholarships. Parents are invited to find out more about the benefits for their daughters to participate in the programs and friends and relatives are encouraged to motivate qualified girls and women to submit their application as soon as possible. The Middle East can only benefit from the advancement of women's education!
Today's students might become tomorrow's leaders in the hope that one day the Middle East will live in peace.
About The Daughters for life Foundation:
The Daughters for Life Foundation is a registered Canadian charity established in memory of Dr. Abuelaish's three daughters and a niece who were killed in the Israeli attack on Gaza in 2009. It is based on the belief that lasting peace in the Middle East depends on empowering young women through education to develop leadership roles throughout the region. The Foundation provides aspiring young women with awards and scholarships that enable them to pursue studies, otherwise inaccessible to them, at schools and universities in Canada, United States, United Kingdom and Bangladesh at the undergraduate and graduate level.
For more information on our scholarships and awards programs as well as participating institutions please visit daughtersforlife.com, write us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 (416) 640-0246
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