Collège Boréal has partnered with the Daughters for Life Foundation to offer scholarships to young women from countries where educational opportunities are rare or difficult for women in general. Today, Mr. Pierre Riopel, President of Collège Boréal, and Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, founder of the Daughters for Life Foundation, signed the important agreement at Collège Boréal’s Sudbury campus.
Dr. Abuelaish is a Palestinian medical doctor born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. Author of the book “I Shall Not Hate”, Dr. Abuelaish created the Daughters for Life Foundation in memory of his three daughters who were killed by Israeli tank fire in January 2009. Dr. Abuelaish believes that lasting peace in the Middle East depends on empowering girls and young women through education in order for them to develop strong voices for the betterment of life throughout the Middle East.
The foundation provides awards and scholarships to women in Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria, in order for them to study at the graduate and undergraduate levels in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The recipients are chosen not only for their academic achievements, as they often face of socio-economic adversity and hardship, but also for their character and commitment to improving the lives of girls and young women in the Middle East.
“Collège Boréal recognizes the importance of investing in young women’s potential for leadership and fostering their success in whatever fields they choose to pursue. Our partnership with the Daughters for Life Foundation will help many young women obtain a college degree which would otherwise be unattainable. We are very proud to work with Dr. Abuelaish and contribute in our own way to build peace for one and all.”
Pierre Riopel, President, Collège Boréal
“Education is a key part of strategies to improve individuals’ well-being and societies’ economic and social development. In the Middle East, 42% of 15-year-old girls are illiterate. These scholarships will allow more young women pursue their studies and realize their full potential. Thus, the Daughters for Life Foundation is proud to work in collaboration with Collège Boréal in order to attain our vision of a better world for all.”
Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, founder of the Daughters for Life Foundation
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.
For the second year in a row, Collège Boréal has the highest graduation and graduate satisfaction rates of all 24 community colleges in Ontario. Moreover, 100% of all surveyed employers would recommend hiring Collège Boréal graduates!
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To find out more about the Daughters for Life Foundation and Dr. Abuelaish, please visit www.daughtersforlife.com.
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