This campaign aims to help Ibrahim Awwad, a self-made reporter and field researcher from Syria, fund a bachelor's degree in journalism and media from the Arab Open University in the Jordanian capital, Amman.
I was able to register at the Arab Open University in Amman, Jordan, to complete my undergraduate studies majoring in Journalism and Media - Public Relations. My main goal was to get a scholarship to defray the costs of my studies. However, getting a scholarship was not possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, I aim to raise £6000 to cover tuition fees, registration and other related costs.
Like most of the following Syrian citizens, my family and I have suffered great losses during the past ten years and faced many challenges and painful situations that hindered us from progressing in our lives in general and especially in our studies. Since education is necessary and key to peace especially in war zones and conflict affected countries, my goal is to complete my Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media which would help me to get higher education and also get my masters degree.
With the outbreak of the Syrian revolution in March 2011, my career in journalism and media began in my hometown of Daraa in southern Syria when peaceful anti-government demonstrations were brutally suppressed. I took the initiative to use my mobile phone and document what I saw to tell our stories to the world and to make our voices heard. Through different social media platforms I was able to highlight our stories and participate in different news channels at a later stage. This exposed me to the many risks of documenting the violence and brutality of war and human rights violations by the regime.
I was injured in 2013 and fled Syria to Jordan in 2014 and took part in different educational courses to enhance my experience and build my capacity in the media and journalism fields. Additionally, I have been working in the humanitarian sector in Jordan; I worked in the field research for the Syrian Organization for Human Rights, Immap, and other humanitarian organizations. Since the training courses were no longer sufficient to equip myself with the required knowledge and academic background, I decided to pursue my education and obtain the university degree.
It has been very difficult to move forward especially with the dearth of job opportunities and the precarious conditions we have to go through with my displaced and scattered families in Syria, Turkey and Jordan. So, I need to get a college degree and improve my professional and teaching skills. Furthermore, I need to acquire language skills to be able to tell the stories of people who have experienced long and violent conflict, brutal dictatorship, and dire security, social and economic conditions.
The goal is to raise £6000 and this funding can help to pursue my university education. With your help in any amount, I can get a little closer to realizing their dreams.