11 December 2012

Namibia: Germany Pledges Support for Refugee Education

The German Embassy and the UNHCR in Namibia signed an agreement to provide financial support to the Albert Einstein Academic Refugee Initiative.

The initiative, which goes by the German acronym DAFI or Deutsche Akademische Flüchtlingsinitiative Albert Einstein is also marking its 20th anniversary. The DAFI scholarships are aimed at ensuring that refugee students, upon completion of their secondary education, are able to study at institutions of higher learning in the country of asylum or in the region.

The German Ambassador to Namibia Onno Hückmann, said the Federal Republic of Germany has provided over US$60 million worldwide in support of tertiary education for refugee students since 1992. Namibia was no exception, as the refugees here also benefited from these financial contributions. So far, 32 refugee students from Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Zimbabwe are proud recipients of the DAFI scholarships awarded to them since 2009 in Namibia.

"The financial contribution made available by the Federal Government of Germany demonstrates the high added value to education which results in the positive and constructive manner in which people could contribute to the rebuilding of their societies and countries once they return home, as well as to the host communities," the Germany embassy said in a statement.

Hückmann signed the agreement with the UNHCR Assistant Programme Officer Antonius Kamerika on behalf of the office of the UNHCR Representative in Namibia.

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