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Help make educational opportunities for refugees worldwide more accessible!

Berlin, Germany

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Help make educational opportunities for refugees worldwide more accessible!

Berlin, Germany

The Covid-19 pandemic has made access to quality education even harder for millions of people around the world. Now more than ever, innovative solutions are needed to help the most vulnerable populations claim their universal right to education.

Kathrin Dischereit from Kiron Open Higher Education gGmbH | 
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About this project

The year 2020 has seen the world turn upside down. The devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic continue to worsen for refugees and underserved communities. While many schools and universities across the globe are successfully adapting to online teaching methods, millions of refugees remain shut out. We want to reduce this digital divide by providing free learning opportunities to refugees and underserved communities worldwide.
 
Since 2015, Kiron has been offering free online learning opportunities to refugees and underserved communities. We believe that education can change lives, transform communities, and build bridges. On our online learning platform Kiron Campus, refugee students receive free access to high-quality education for academic, professional and personal growth. By offering academic as well as professional skills-focused programmes, we aim to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and network they need for future success.
 
For many refugees and internally displaced people a laptop, desk and internet connection is a luxury, not reality. Kiron partners with organisations to host learning hubs in cities and refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon. During Covid-19, these learning hubs were forced to close, leaving students without the opportunity to study. 
 
To address this, we want to further develop Kiron Campus and ensure more quality courses are available to download on basic phones, in poor-connectivity environments so that the most marginalised by the impact of Covid can still keep learning and imagining a better future
 
For blind or deaf refugees, accessing quality education is even more difficult. Online and offline learning opportunities are typically designed to cater to the needs of people who can see or hear. The Covid-19 crisis has exacerbated this disparity with specialised education providers for the visually or hearing impaired forced to close down. 
 
By providing sign language translations and downloadable transcripts and by developing seamless voice assistant integration, we aim to improve access for learners with hearing or visual impairments.
 
Donate to Kiron and support our work of providing an excellent online learning environment to students worldwide, completely free of charge.
Updated at 12. November 2020