WINDHOEK: The Deutsche Akademische Fluchtlings Initiative (DAFI), or Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative Programme celebrated its 20th anniversary in the capital on Monday.
Since its inception in 1992, the programme has been providing scholarships for qualifying refugees to study at universities and colleges in their host country and their country of return.
In Namibia, the DAFI programme has awarded 34 scholarships to refugee students from countries such as Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.
Officiating at Monday’s event, the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Elia Kaiyamo said there are currently 23 refugees – of whom 11 are male and 12 female former Angolan refugee students – completing their higher education in Namibia through the DAFI scholarship programme.
Seven former Angolan refugee students completed their studies with DAFI funding last year, while 18 applications were received for the 2013 academic year, with the interviews taking place at the Ministry of Home Affairs last Thursday.