As the number of men, women and children fleeing six years of war in Syria passes the 5 million mark, the international community needs to do more to help them, the UN refugee chief said today.
Listen to ASPIRE’s Melissa Meinhart contribute to a panel commemorating World Social Work Day. Organized by Columbia School of Social Work’s International Social Development class, the panel’s focus was on promoting community and environmental sustainability.
In 2016, there were verified reports of over 2,300 grave violations against children by armed forces and groups throughout Syria. Of these, killing and maiming of children and recruitment and use of children were the most prevalent violations. The actual numbers are likely to be much higher.
Over the course of three days in January, the ASPIRE team – comprised of faculty and staff from CUSSW, CU Global Center Amman, University of Jordan, and Jordan Health Aid Society international – worked together to plan for the Women ASPIRE study.
Columbia School of Social Work professors Dr. Nabila El-Bassel and Dr. Neeraj Kaushal recently traveled to Jordan as a preliminary step in setting up a multidisciplinary, University-wide project that seeks to identify the needs of Syrian refugees in the areas of research, education, training and service.
A panel focused on the challenges that short – and long – term displacement poses to education, particularly in the context of the Syrian refugee crisis.