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Education Journalism Basics: Pitching: Exercise 1

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By: Jabeen Bhatti

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  1. Headline/teaser: Serious challenges facing Syrian refugees seeking university education in Lebanon

    Short pitch: Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon are desiring to join or continue their university education but only a few of them can manage to get enrolled due to the various constrains.

    More info: As their numbers grow, Syrian refugees in Lebanon still find many obstacles in joining a university. Difficulties include the financial constrains, language barriers and the lack of institutional aid. The story will interview some of the refugees and will shed light on a local charity organization that helps refugees acquire university education.

  2. Headline/teaser: Syrian refugees facing obscure future to continue their higher studies in Lebanon

    Short pitch: Thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon do will to continue their university education but only a few of them are able to do so due to many obstacles and difficulties.

    More info: With their increase in number and possible long stay, Syrian refugees in Lebanon still find many difficulties in joining a university. Difficulties include the financial constrains, language barriers and the lack of institutional aid. Some might underestimate the importance of higher education despite the obvious dangers it carries on Syria’s future. The story will interview some Syrian refugees to present their situations.

  3. Headline: Major obstacles facing Syrian university students in Lebanon

    Short pitch: Obstacles such as as financial issues, language barriers and few institutional aid are preventing Syrian refugees in Lebanon from pursuing their education. Only 10,000 out of 70,000 Syrian university students are capable of receiving university education in Lebanon. Although some financial-aid programs do exist, not enough is being done to help Syrian refugees seek their education, “The War Follows Them,” according to the report from the Institute of International Education and University of California at Davis.

    More info: Financial constraints are most of the times the reason preventing Syrian refugees in Lebanon from enrolling in universities. The high fees at private universities are unaffordable for many refugees, especially that foreigners in Lebanon are not eligible for governmental financial aid. The number of enrollment of Syrians at Lebanese University is lower than in the immediate pre-war era. With Syria undergoing an ongoing war for three years, Lebanon is now home to more than one million Syrian refugees, a quarter of the country’s population. Both Syrians and Lebanese are having problems adapting to what seems to be a long stay for Syrians.

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