We offer world-class education to the world’s forgotten children.
Still I Rise is an independent international organization, created to provide education and protection for the vulnerable. We believe in the power of education and the positive impact it has on the the displaced, the stateless, and the destitute whose right to schooling have been denied.
In March, 2011, the Syrian war engulfed the country and its people in chaos. Terrorized by constant bombings from multiple powers, Syria increasingly became an unlivable and unsafe place. Ultimately, many of its people were forced to make the hard decision to leave and secure for themselves and their families a safe and better future. At the northern border of the country, millions of refugees crossed into Turkey, where around 3.5 million refugees live today. This massive demographic change has had an incredible impact on Turkish society, particularly in border cities, such as Gaziantep, where we have decided to open our second school. This is the first international school for minor refugees in the world. For the home of our school, we have chosen a bright and welcoming building in the neighborhood of Binevler, located in the middle of the city, and in close proximity to the poorest areas in which many of our students live. At the school we are providing 7 years of a rigorous education and awarding students a prestigious and internationally recognized diploma. Our diploma provides a brighter future to our students. Our school aims to re-establish the psychological and social stability that every child deserves. Here in Gaziantep, we are educating tomorrow’s leaders and teaching them to be responsible members of their local and global communities.
Kenya, considered a safe haven in a largely volatile region, has been a destination and place of long-term transit for refugees for decades. In response to the current crises displacing people in the area, small refugee camps, often likened to slums, have emerged near the northeastern border of the country. Without adequate services and proper spaces to live, children here suffer greatly and have little opportunity to learn and grow. Men, women, and children have essentially been sentenced to live in these makeshift camps, trapped and deprived of their human rights. In this area, we will open a Youth Center for 6 months, in order to meet the prospective students for the first International School for refugee children in Africa. We wish to provide refugee children the possibility of securing a brighter and better future for themselves and to encourage them to reject surrendering to the inequity and misery that surrounds them. We want to support them to rekindle their hopes and dreams, and to teach them the values and skills they will need to live in dignity and fight for a more fair and equal world.
Thousands of migrants and refugees from Central and South America, many of them children, are fleeing for their lives to Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, and Mexico, the future location of Still I Rise in the Americas. Across the northern Mexican border, children have been detained in cages by the United States. We believe that each and every migrant and refugee has the right to be treated with dignity and humanity. The crisis in Mexico has caught global attention. Due to the largely concealed political and humanitarian crises in Central and South America and the rightward shift of politics in the region, slum-like settlements, riddled with danger and organized crime, have appeared along Mexico’s northern border. The children living in these overcrowded spaces urgently need protection and support. Still I Rise intends to offer them the high quality education that they have been denied for years, without having to illegally cross the border into the United States.
After establishing our international schools in multiple locations around the world, we want to change the condition and perception of refugees in Italy. Since the beginning of the crisis, Italy, the nation at the core of the central Mediterranean route, has addressed international protection with a welfare approach and without a realistic long-term plan. After years of managing migration into the country, we believe that the people of Italy deserve support. The best solutions are those that produce long-term benefits and we believe that our international school model, with the mission to rehabilitate and integrate suffering refugee children, is a lucrative investment for the collective well being of Italians. In Italy there are many existing projects refugee inclusion at their core; however, we believe our project model is a necessary step towards actual realization of full rehabilitation and integration. We want to welcome refugee families that have decided to remain in Italy, instead of going to Northern Europe, and to provide their children tangible opportunities to excel academically and professionally. We will start opening a Youth Center for 6 momths, in order to meet our prospective students. Then, we will open the first international school for refugee children in Italy and to less fortunate Italian children as well. Our task will be difficult, but when we achieve our goal, we will create a brighter future for both refugee children and our society as a whole.
Mazí is a recreational and educational center for refugee minors between 11 and 17 years old, who are living in the horribly overcrowded Samos hotspot in Greece. Far away yet in walking distance from the horrible conditions in the refugee camp, Mazi is a clean and safe space for students to learn, socialize, and heal. Our center intends to recreate a sense of normality and structure in our students’ lives by offering an educational model that is holistic and individualized. We offer courses in English, Greek, maths, biology, history, and geography, and psychosocial activities, such as art, music, dance and theatre. In Mazí students from all over the world meet and more than ten languages are spoken there. The staff of Mazí work hard to make sure that all traditions and cultures are respected at the center. By living and working together, our students learn to respect difference and to work together in order to help each other and to take care of the center. We understand Mazí as the place where students begin their process of integration in Europe.
Become one of our full time teachers: a life changing experience and a career of inestimable value.
The International Teaching program of Still I Rise is an opportunity that allows ambitious and promising professionals, from various fields, to teach full time in one of our international schools for two years, supporting the most destitute, and to later have access to administration positions in our international network.
The petition launched by Still I Rise NGO on Change.org has already reached over 50,000 signatures in a few days. The purpose of the petition is to ask the Nobel Prize Committee to exceptionally welcome the nomination of health personnel from all over the world for the Nobel Peace Prize 2020. The goal of this campaign is to reach 100,000 signatures by April 5th and thus convince the Committee to consider the candidacy, despite the deadline for nominations having closed on January 31st.[...] read more
Still I Rise NGO inaugurates the second educational center for adolescent refugees from the ages of 10 to 17 in Gaziantep, Turkey. In September of 2020 it will be transformed into the first international school for refugee children in the world.[...] read more
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