The Syrian Association has guiding principles that govern and guide how we operate. We have three guiding principles that we will ceaselessly strive to maintain.
1. Impartiality and neutrality
The Syrian Association is a body created to develop education in Syria and support Syrian students around the world regardless of their backgrounds and/or affiliations. We are not affiliated in any way with any political party, and we have no involvement with politics. The Syrian Association does not discriminate based on anything, whether race, religious beliefs, sect, class or political opinions.
2. Commitment to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—SDG4 in particular:
The SDGs were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, and we are proud that Syria, one of the founding members of the UN, was part of this global vision. We are keen to support all SDGs where possible, and as an organisation focused on education, we directly support SDG4: Quality Education. We consider this goal a reference for our work, and, to increase our impact, we have focused and channelled our efforts towards SDG4 alongside the millions around the world supporting it.
3. Commitment to support and empower marginalised groups, in particular:
- People with special needs: We strongly believe that people with special needs deserve to have equal opportunities. This is one of their essential rights. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. We want to work with stakeholders to support people with special needs to continue their education and develop their capabilities so that they play their intended role in society.
- Women and girls: Education has been globally recognized as the most powerful tool for empowering women and girls, and even though Syria has a good record in this domain, women still face gender-based challenges and barriers that deny many of them access to quality education. These challenges include child marriage, power relations, stereotypes, and gender-based violence to name a few. Empowering women and girls through investing in their education can transform the whole society and contribute heavily to social development because of their vital role in achieving sustainable change. Hence, supporting the development and empowerment of Syrian women and girls is at the heart of what we do.
- Refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs): The education of Syrian refugees and IDPs has been interrupted badly, and there are hundreds of thousands of Syrian children out of school. The Syrian Association sees this as a big threat not only to the future of the children
themselves,but also to their communities, Syria, the region and the whole world.
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