Event spotlights stories of changed lives

The life-changing impact of education is the focus of an event at the University Chaplaincy Centre.

When Education Becomes Possible highlights how learning has benefitted those affected by conflict, natural disaster or other setbacks. 

Topics to be discussed include scholarships for refugees, tutoring Syrian teenagers, access to the arts, training for young unemployed people and taking philosophy to prisons. 

Transformative themes  

A presentation called The Sanctuary University spotlights a recent sponsored walk that evoked the journey of refugees by travelling on foot and by boat to reach a place of safety. 

Project Elpis outlines the work of two environmental sciences undergraduates who created solar-powered mobile phone charging units for refugees living in camps in Greece. 

Staged for Life focuses on a music-recording project for young unemployed people in Edinburgh.  

An Edinburgh graduate tells a story of her upbringing with the Vietnamese boat people, and a group of Edinburgh students discuss their time working with refugee children in Germany. 

Further discussions will feature Black History Month, the University’s Amnesty Society, scholarships and support for refugees and displaced persons, and the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme. 

Event Details 

When Education Becomes Possible has been organised by the University Chaplaincy in partnership with Edinburgh Global and the Centre for Open Learning. 

The event will be held on Wednesday, 25 October, at the University Chaplaincy Centre, 1 Bristo Square, from 11.30 am – 4 pm. 

The event takes place as part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.



When Education Becomes Possible  

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

University Chaplaincy

Edinburgh Global

The Centre for Open Learning