Social Catalyst

Princess Basmah is very aware of her background and the privileges she has enjoyed. However, her background has not shielded her from seeing injustice in so many societies all over the world. She has travelled widely and has always been keenly aware of the inequalities around her. She has embarked on her mission because of an inability to accept abject poverty in a world that CAN feed its entire population but whose systems ensure that the rich remain rich and the poor remain in the gutter.

Princess Basmah has been deeply affected by the growing disparity between rich and poor, in terms of capital, education, and opportunities. Being
amongst the ‘Haves’ has made her even more determined to play an active role in addressing these imbalances. She does this not only out of a pure humanitarian desire to help others, but also because of the realisation that in a violent world, reform rather than revolution, is the only way to develop (peacefully) a new world system that could benefit everyone.

As injustice and double standards in public life grow and become the norm; societies and international relations are coming under increasing stress. Princess Basmah has undertaken to become the voice for those oppressed by such systems, to use her position and contacts to encourage reform, avoid bloody revolution and encourage the development of a more just world. This mission may seem an impossible one however as the daughter of a reforming King, Princess Basmah has always been aware of her duties and the power she has. She will harness that power and add her voice to the many others seeking genuine and peaceful reform.

 
Princess Basmah has been deeply affected by the growing disparity between rich and poor, in terms of capital, education, and opportunities. Being amongst the ‘Haves’ has made her even more determined to play an active role in addressing these imbalances.

How

We all have a duty to contribute towards our societies (local and global) using whatever resources we can access be they intellectual, financial, physical or social. Used collectively these resources can be a powerful tool in effecting change.

There are millions of people across the world working to help their communities. They work to build a secure, fair and peaceful future for
their children. These people operate under the radar, their work is seldom recognised but it is not recognition they are after.

They work tirelessly, often at great cost to their personal wellbeing, without fuss or reward. They are social catalysts in their communities making things happen for the good of all.

Princess Basmah like many before her, intends to use the resources available to her, to bring people together to work towards reform, towards the reduction of inequality in all its manifestation, to promote education, encourage self-reliance and build peace.

These are big aims. However she will use all resources available to her in order to achieve that aim. Those resources will not change the world on their own but they can help. In the end it will not be money that changes the world but a collective will and the ability to make connections, encourage dialogue, focus energy and attention towards that change.

Global Platform 4 Syrian Students

Global Platform 4 Syrian Students was founded and launched by former president of Portugal, Jorge Sampaio.  As a member of the Advisory Board of the “Global Platform 4 Syrian Students” (GP4SS), Princess Basmah is one of the stake-holders of this initiative which is aimed at providing emergency academic support to Syrian refugee students in higher education. This initiative counts on four strong institutional partners – the League of Arab States, the Council of Europe, the Union for the Mediterranean and the Institute of International Education – and on an Academic Consortium made up of universities and higher education schools that joined the initiative.

Two first calls for applications for the 2013-2014 Academic Year were launched and GP4SS has received 845 places offered by universities in Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, Portugal and Lithuania. There are also pending confirmations from universities in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. This project is to help 845 Syrian students to go back to university and lead productive lives. There is an ocean of thousands of applications that we have already received from Syrian students trapped in the conflict in Syria or packed in refugee camps. Our hope is to to be able to save 800 students from dropping out because of the war.  Almost all of these offers include registration and tuition fees waivers. Sometimes the package offered also includes accommodation and meals.  But almost is not good enough for Princess Basmah.  You can join Princess Basmah in reaching the $500,000 goal of continuing the education of these displace young people through your giving.   In today’s world ignorance is not bliss.

Princess Basmah has been deeply affected by the growing disparity between rich and poor, in terms of capital, education, and opportunities. Being amongst the ‘Haves’ has made her even more determined to play an active role in addressing these imbalances.

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Princess Basmah has been deeply affected by the growing disparity between rich and poor, in terms of capital, education, and opportunities. Being amongst the ‘Haves’ has made her even more determined to play an active role in addressing these imbalances.