Guest blog: Abdulaziz Duhan (20), Syria
In His Own Words - Abdulaziz Dukhan, 20, from Syria
"Are you about to give up on something? Please read this story. It might give you some power to keep moving forward.
"Ever since I left Syria, I wanted to learn, I wanted to educate myself. I knew education was, and still is, the most important thing when it comes to change our situation. That is why I always dreamed of going to the best university.
"During our escape from Syria, I finished my last year of high school in Turkey, but I left just before the final exams. For a year and a half after that, I was stuck in Greece. I couldn't study but I still learned a lot. English and photography were amongst the things I learned.
"When I could finally leave Greece and I arrived in Belgium, my first goal was to get into university. I knew that language was the key to doing so; that’s why I followed online courses in Dutch and read constantly. Alhamdulillah, 4 months of learning and reading books in Dutch, and I was able to speak the language well enough to be understood.
"I did a test and got accepted to level 5. I was so happy when I got it, and thought I would be accepted into university, but it turned out I wasn't allowed. My diploma from Turkey and I am Syrian. So It didn't make much sense and it wasn’t recognized as valid, but I knew I had to make a decision. Would I do re-take two years to get another diploma, even though I was already 18 - or would I give up on my dream of going to university?
"I decided to keep pushing forward, so I searched for a high school on google-maps, and the first one I found, I went to. I showed them my old diploma and I asked for a chance to register at their school.
"They accepted me! And the chance they gave me turned my future dream into a possible reality. I didn't give up on my dream even though I had to learn new languages, subjects in Dutch and culture. It has been 2 years now, I just graduated from high school, and I am very, very thankful for the chance I got. I want to thank the teachers and my amazing friends for all the support and love🙏🏻❤
"I am 20 years old. Next year I am starting university - finally!
“Better late than never!" Here we come ❤️."
From all of us at Donate4Refugees - Congratulations Abdulaziz, you should be so proud of yourself! With much love and great vibes for you to ROCK University life!