ITALY / REFUGEE SCHOLARSHIPS

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Saber spent his childhood in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. At 22, he is now studying international development at a university in Italy, with plans to give back to his community so more children can access higher education opportunities that are far too limited for refugees.UNHCR

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STORY: ITALY / REFUGEE SCHOLARSHIPS
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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DATELINE: OCTOBER 2020, MILAN, ITALY

SHOTLIST:
1. Close up, south Sudanese refugee Saber walking on the streets of Milan
2. Close up, back Saber walking on the streets of Milan
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Saber, South Sudanese refugee in Milan:
“It’s unbelievable for me to come here, since I was in the camp for many years.”
4. Wide shot, Saber crossing the street at an intersection
5. Wide shot, Saber in front of the entrance to the University of Milan
6. Med shot, entrance to the University of Milan
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Saber, South Sudanese refugee in Milan:
“It’s a wonderful course and I was not aware of the notion of human rights before - what is a human right, how it originated, but due to this scholarship and joining this school, I know what human rights is.”
8. Wide shot, Saber sitting in the tram, looking at mobile
9. Med shot, Saber in the tram looking out the window
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Saber, South Sudanese refugee in Milan:
“So, a person growing up in a camp is something that we all do not expect.”
11. Various shots, Saber on the tram
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Saber, South Sudanese refugee in Milan:
“Someone who is in a camp is someone that has no psychological control, it’s someone who has lost their family, it’s someone who has lost their homeland, it’s someone who has lost everything. even as the necessities, for example water food clothes shelter…These are things that most of the young people are missing. Education itself - because education can help us improve our life. We miss education in the camp.”
13. Med shot, back Saber walking on the street
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Saber, South Sudanese refugee in Milan:
“When I came here it was to increase my knowledge and become a role model for the community.”
15. Med shot, Saber studying on his computer in the park
16. Wide shot, Saber studying in the park
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Saber, South Sudanese refugee in Milan:
“When I am sleeping, I am dreaming about this. I need to improve the life of the children in the camp.”
18. Med shot, Saber studying
19. Med shot, Saber talking
20. Med shot, Saber standing still in the par

STORYLINE:

Saber spent his childhood in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. At 22, he is now studying international development at a university in Italy, with plans to give back to his community so more children can access higher education opportunities that are far too limited for refugees.

SOUNDBITE (English) Saber, South Sudanese refugee in Milan:
“It’s unbelievable for me to come here, since I was in the camp for many years.”

Saber’s family fled their country Sudan when he was just a baby. At 2 years old, he became a refugee in Ethiopia. He spent his life in a refugee camp, walking 16km a day to reach school, but never give up a desire to study. At 22 years old he earned the opportunity of a lifetime, when he was selected through the University Corridors for Refugees (UNI-CO-RE) Program scholarship to study at the University of Milan.

SOUNDBITE (English) Saber, South Sudanese refugee in Milan:
“It’s a wonderful course and I was not aware of the notion of human rights before - what is a human right, how it originated, but due to this scholarship and joining this school, I know what human rights is.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Saber, South Sudanese refugee in Milan:
“Someone who is in a camp is someone that has no psychological control, it’s someone who has lost their family, it’s someone who has lost their homeland, it’s someone who has lost everything. even as the necessities, for example water food clothes shelter…These are things that most of the young people are missing. Education itself - because education can help us improve our life. We miss education in the camp.”
SOUNDBITE (English) Saber, South Sudanese refugee in Milan:
“When I came here it was to increase my knowledge and become a role model for the community.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Saber, South Sudanese refugee in Milan:
“When I am sleeping, I am dreaming about this. I need to improve the life of the children in the camp.”

Globally only three per cent of refugees have access to higher education, compared to an average 37 per cent for non-refugees the same age. Lack of opportunities and prospects often force refugees to leave the first country of asylum and risk their lives on dangerous journeys to another country, where they hope for better lives. UNHCR’s strategy on complementary pathways, the University Corridors Program was set up in 2019 to allow refugees residing in Ethiopia to continue their academic careers in Italy through scholarships. Up to 28 universities have participated in the program, offering a total of 68 scholarships.
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