“I saw this program as a great opportunity,” says Mustafa Barghouthi, a Syrian student who arrived in Jordan in 2012. He first learned about the UNESCO scholarship programme at Al Quds College in Amman from his friend. Mustafa had not succeeded at Tawjihi, the secondary level examination in Jordan, so he started working doing renovations and construction to earn a living.
When Mustafa heard about the scholarship, funded by the Government of the Republic of Korea, he knew that it was an opportunity and a chance to achieve his dreams. With this positive attitude, he applied to study civil engineering. “I will be able to increase my income after achieving the BTEC-L3 Civil Engineering diploma, in addition to getting more experience that is practical,” says Mustafa.
The Pearson accredited BTEC-level 3 programmes that the UNESCO scholarship is offering are helping young Syrians and Jordanians to pursue learning by providing opportunities for educational development. The programmes serve to enhance graduates’ competitiveness in the employment market and support their trajectory towards a brighter future.
Mustafa has so far enjoyed the BETC-level 3 Civil Engineering program as it has had a meaningful impact at his current job and in his personal life. He has made many new connections and he has become more confident. “I have learned a lot about construction techniques which helps me in my current workplace,” Mustafa explains.
Mustafa was my distinguished student in this programme: many of his peers consulted him on issues and problems of operations, and he was kind enough to help them, says Engineer Rabiha Najajrah, Mustafa’s teacher at Al Quds College. “He struck me as a go-getter, and a persistent student who valued knowledge and progress above all else. His competence in effectively communicating with everyone is a credit to himself and his country.”
The teacher is convinced that Mustafa would perform well in his studies at the advanced graduate level and he strongly recommends him for a Bachelor of Science programme in the field of Civil Engineering.
This year, UNESCO has offered 250 scholarships under this project, supporting access to meaningful accredited post-basic education for 75 Jordanian and 175 Syrian refugee youth.
The UNESCO Amman office has been taking a leadership role in ensuring the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development Goal 4 focuses on ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning.