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The Habesha Project is a neutral, not-for-profit, non-political, and non-faith based international Mexican-led humanitarian initiative aimed at sending a message of solidarity to the Syrian nation. It does so by making it possible for Syrian students, who have fled the conflict, to travel to Mexico to pursue higher education. In association with leading academic institutions, the Project will foster discussion designed to increase awareness about the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East, as well as regional and global implications of the conflict. The Habesha Project echoes Mexico’s historic tradition of its people in international solidarity and promotion of peace among nations. Moreover, this initiative builds on the trust of the international community, put into the Mexican Government to play a positive role as participant to the Geneva II Peace Conference. The Habesha Project proposes a model that views Syrian students as an asset and opportunity to promote an intercultural dialogue that fosters an international culture of peace. Furthermore, this initiative seeks to support and exploit the diversity of experience to build cultural understanding among beneficiaries, the Mexican nation, and the world. The Project views this diversity as a key asset and critical inspiration for long-term development in Syria and Mexico.
According to UNESCO, “cultural diversity has emerged as a key concern at the turn of a new century.” Cultural diversity is often viewed as a positive national trait, yet in many modern nations, it is often a source of conflict as well. UNESCO has identified raising cultural awareness and understanding culture in the context of diverse nations as key to global peace.
In this line, the Habesha Project adopts UNESCO's view and seeks to support and exploit the diversity of experience to build cultural understanding among beneficiaries, the Mexican nation, and the world. The Project views this diversity as a key project asset and critical inspiration for long-term development in Syria.