Syria - "Enlightening the future": educational and economic support for young people

18 January 2018

(ANS - Damascus) – Since last year, the Salesians in Syria have increased their efforts to develop the skills of young people, so that, despite the war that has been devastating the country since 2011, they can more easily find a job and so generate income for themselves and their families. To this end, the Sons of Don Bosco have developed new initiatives in favor of young people, consisting mainly in offering real economic help to support the costs and fees of university courses and vocational training.

Following the nationalization of the country's schools, imposed in 1928, the Salesians do not have formal education centers in Syria. This is why this project is particularly important and is also supported with conviction by the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid.

Since last March 25, thanks to the project, young people have benefitted from an initiative that offers them the opportunity to enroll in a wide variety of technical and vocational training courses, mainly related to the learning of Information Technology and English, while another 20 young people have received financial support to obtain their school certificates and attend university.

In total, therefore, the initiative has successfully supported 45 young Syrians in developing their personal and technical skills, through professional courses and academic studies, increasing their chances of finding a job and earning income to support themselves and their families.

Another 6 people have received support through the supply of equipment and tools to start or develop an activity or firm in various small business sectors - such as hairdressers, restaurateurs, pastry chefs ...

The Salesians of Damascus monitor the beneficiaries monthly and foster their awareness of the significance and relevance of this program: a long-term investment on them and on the future of young Syrians.

Source: Misiones Salesianas


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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