“I would like to thank our partners BMFSFJ, the Allianz Kulturstiftung and the ZEIT-Stiftung for enabling a collaborative project that encourages participation, engagement, community spirit, and empowers our student voices.” – Scott Glodner, Kiron’s Chief Educational Program Officer
Providing access to education is our foundation, but helping refugees better integrate and engage with their new home country – whether it be through language courses, community events and online support – are equally important to our core values. Through storytelling and sharing, our community can amplify the voices and share the messages of our students. We have the opportunity to not only encourage other Kiron students but to raise hopes for refugees. Kiron students are more than just our students – being a Kiron student means being motivated and encouraged to take a leap of faith, knowing that there is fellow support from fellow Kiron students, Kiron staff and the Kiron community. Speaking out as a Kiron student is about speaking up on behalf of all refugees, asylum seekers and migrants as who come from similar circumstances, who as a unit make for a community of promising, hopeful and empowering individuals!
We would like to thank our project partners BMFSFJ, Allianz Kulturstiftung and ZEIT-Stiftung for supporting our mission. With the project “MIT-DIR”- Miteinander und Teilhabe in digitalen und von Diversität geprägten sozialen Räumen, our Kiron Community Magazine and so much more was made possible. As part of the federal program “Demokratie leben!”, the project MIT DIR encouraged the empowerment of refugees in Germany to overcome online and offline barriers to social participation. Moreover, the project engaged volunteers working with refugees, civic-society actors such as NGO representatives, as well as the general public.
In line with these goals, Kiron was able to: 1) Develop an interactive webinar on the topic of stereotypes and discrimination; 2) Bring together Kiron students, volunteers and representatives of a number of change-driven organisations for a Community and Workshop Weekend; 3) Encourage a group of Kiron students to become trained moderators in digital spaces such as the Kiron Forum, where they act as “multipliers” and empower other students to deal with challenges related to discrimination; 4) Use the digital space to share success stories focusing on female empowerment and on countering islamophobic prejudice; 5) Extend our Kiron network with other organisations in order to facilitate long-term co-operations and develop synergy in our strategy development; 6) Create our new Student Community Magazine!
We are truly thankful to our project funder Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) and the co-funders Allianz Kulturstiftung and ZEIT-Stiftung for making this incredibly unique and powerful project possible.