On September 13 & 14 Mercy Without Limits (MWL) was proud to attend the national Advocacy Day for Syria. The 2-day event was organized by the American Relief Coalition for Syria (ARCS), a coalition of non-political, humanitarian organizations who provide multi-sector relief and services to Syrians inside and outside of Syria. The 2-day event was kicked off with an advocacy day training and discussion. Advocates split up to meet with their state political representatives. The two main talking points discussed with policy-makers were:
- The Importance of accessible education in Syria: 1/3 Syrian children are not in school and only 1% ever reach college-level education. Lack of education or decreased access to education leads to destabilization in the region and the role policymakers to ensure funding for Syrian education.
- The situation in Idleb: 1.7 million people in Idleb alone depend on humanitarian aid for survival and 1/3 of that population are children. Policy makers were asked if they could give a floor speech about the implications of increased violence on the safety of the region and other countries.
Following advocacy day activities, members concluded the day with a thoughtful and optimistic de-brief. On Friday, the second day of the 2-day event, attendees attended a series of workshops as part of the Educating Syria’s Future: Challenges and Opportunities panel event. Notable topics of interest were formal & informal elementary education, accreditation, and access to higher education.
Mercy Without Limits Director of Communications, Reem Sharaf, gave a presentation on MWL’s work with Aleppo University. Ms. Sharaf presented on the need for accessible higher education and the impact higher education has on the short-term and long-term stability and sustainability of Syria.