As BLESS (Building a Learning Environment for Study Success), the three-year-long cooperation between the H&M Foundation and Kiron, enters its second year we are looking forward to many exciting initiatives designed to foster a productive and inclusive learning community.

This year BLESS kicks off its support for the Kiron Language School. The Language School is serving one of the most critical and also challenging aspects of the educational process for Kiron students. Proficiency in German is not only necessary for students as they prepare to enroll at a university or other institutes of higher learning, but it is also essential to the lasting success of the student in his or her educational development and long-term career aspirations. Through BLESS, the H&M Foundation supports the Language School by covering the costs of preparation courses and selected language certificates – vital for students wishing to apply for university – and through the production of a language learning MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), designed to bridge the language gap for Kiron students.

Apart from its new language learning initiative, many aspects of BLESS that supported our students in 2018 continue in the new year: two direct academic classes will bring offline learning opportunities to Kiron students, surveys will help us to learn more about our students and to adapt our offer accordingly, and we will continue to foster an online community where learners can exchange ideas freely and study together. We will also continue to design new learning materials, making them available as Open Educational Resources to the wider community. Videos and social media campaigns will put our students, their stories and journeys, front and centre.

We are looking forward to an amazing year with BLESS. You can follow our work – and all the other great initiatives that we are currently working on Facebook & Twitter.