Higher Education Services (HES)
The HES programme started by responding to the needs of hundreds of thousands of Syrian and local youth who were applying for just a handful of overseas scholarships. SPARK noticed that new regional approaches are needed to scale up access to higher (vocational) education, particularly within Syria, its neighbouring countries (Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq) and in Palestine.
SPARK furthers the basic right to enjoy access to higher (vocational) education for Syrian, Palestinian and vulnerable young people from host communities in the Middle East. By providing a holistic approach to scholarships that involves education, skills training and work experience, HES is building an educated workforce of future leaders that can rebuild their communities and boost local economies.
SPARK works in close collaboration with local government counterparts, higher education institutions, and local partner organisations focusing on psychosocial support, economic empowerment and civic leadership. This way, our scholarships are tailored to the needs of the local economies and promote sustainable employment for our graduates.
- Active locations
- Palestinian Territories
- Kurdistan Region of Iraq
- Middle East and North Africa
- The Netherlands Ministry of Foregin Affairs
- Education Above All
- EU MADAD
- Islamic Development Bank
- EU in Turkey
- Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD)
- Sheikh Abdullah Al Nouri Charity Society
- Al Fakhoora
Opening pathways to employment
“Whichever country I am in, I should be doing something significant”
Aya fled her home of Aleppo in 2015, leaving behind her dreams of studying Architecture. With a scholarship to learn in her native Arabic tongue at the University of Gaziantep, she is on track to completing her Bachelor's degree this year.Read her full story