With a contribution of 45, 35,320 INR (64,000 US $), the German Government will be supporting the refugee education through the DAFInitiative this year.
The exclusive scholarship programme enables the selected applicants to pursue their education at tertiary level (Universities and polytechnic institutes).
Selection of refugee students was conducted by UNHCR on 15th October 2018 in association with the German Embassy, New Delhi. 27 refugees from Afghanistan and Myanmar applied for the scholarship. Johanna Borchardt, Counsellor German Embassy participated in the selection procedure.
She said “Refugees face series of transitional difficulties - from daily life to cultural adaption. This programme is the unique opportunity for the refugees to continue their higher education and to shape their own future in their own way”. The entire process not only included assessment of educational background of the applicants, but also their social engagement was ranked.
DAFI scholarship programme offers refugee students the possibility to pursue an undergraduate degree in their country of asylum and succeed academically. Since 1992 the DAFI
programme allowed thousands of refugee students to pursue higher education in their country of first asylum. In 2016, more than 5000 students have received scholarships in 40 countries worldwide.
The program is predominantly funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and administrated by UNHCR.