Syrian Refugee from a Refugee Camp in Turkey
Speaking on…Surviving Loss – Thriving in Life
Refugee Education Matters
May 4, 2017
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Registration is required of WAC participants.
Space is limited.
You cannot help but be touched by this visionary young woman who is in the Inland Empire to study at UCR this spring and summer.
In Syria, she started life much as many American children do, but all that changed in 2011 as the violence started in Syria and her family escaped to a refugee camp in Turkey.
Education changed everything. Ravdanur learned Turkish in two months, practicing with camp visitors. She became a liaison between the camp youth and the administration setting up many programs to enhance morale and educational opportunities. She went door to door encouraging young girls to go to school. After she herself graduated from high school at the camp, she applied and was accepted at Hasan Kalyoncu University in Gaziantep, Turkey, to study political science and international relations.
Her accomplishments have been noticed and rewarded by world leaders. She was granted Turkish citizenship by President Erdogan in 2016 and last May, she was invited by the Malala Fund to the World Humanitarian Summit to address the United Nations and world leaders telling her story and encouraging them to invest in refugee education.
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