2019 has been a year of tremendous progress for us at Kiron, and we are indebted to our partners who supported and empowered us to deliver real impact to our students. Kiron Campus evolved into a much more multifaceted service offering, remaining free, and focussing on professional pathways and 21st Century Skills to enable personal and academic growth.
We launched over ten skill booster programs on Kiron Campus, which are compact online courses focused on industry-specific skills, which are high quality and flexible for our students. Integrating feedback from our students, we also increased our language learning opportunities, especially as language is often a barrier to success in the workplace and university settings.
Since internet connectivity is a common problem for our students, we reduced the bandwidth significantly on Kiron Campus, as well as launching our own low-data Android App – a game-changer, which made our learning materials more accessible in low connectivity environments and has drastically increased our student retention rates. Thanks to measures like these, we now have over 10,000 active students.
Going forward, in collaboration with our partners, our goal is to empower more learners by making the Kiron Campus even more inclusive. We will further develop our presence in Jordan and Lebanon to provide critical support for underserved communities in the region. New, and very serious obstacles have emerged with the onset of COVID-19, and the development of accessible online education has never been more crucial.
We are grateful for all of our wonderful students, valued partners and supporters. Thank you for your ongoing support. Without your dedication and collaboration, all of our work and accomplishments simply would not have been possible. We are excited about what lies ahead and look forward to continuing our purpose-driven work with you to positively impact the lives of our students, worldwide.
Currently, there are 78 million people displaced worldwide, and Oxford University research predicts that there will be over 200 million forced migrants by 2050 – due to climate change alone. Historically, food, water, health, and shelter have been prioritized during emergencies, while high-quality education and employability skills for refugees and other displaced youth, have been secondary concerns. Kiron believes this needs to change. Education plays an incredibly life-sustaining and protective role during conflict and crisis and there are serious social and economic consequences of ignoring education during displacement for both host and home countries alike.
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. That’s why we created the online learning platform Kiron Campus, so we can ensure that our students receive free access to high-quality education for academic, professional and personal growth.
Kiron offers custom-made online study programs using massive open online courses (MOOCs) from renowned educational providers and Open Educational Resources (OERs). Also, we provide skill booster programs to prepare learners for the job market. We want to empower students with knowledge, skills, and the network they need for future success.