Kiron

Kiron Lebanon

Supporting refugees and underserved Lebanese communities through access to high-quality education

Partner with us in Lebanon!

Lebanon hosts the highest number of refugees in the world per capita, with an estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees and almost one million Palestinian refugees residing in a country of just four million inhabitants. While many refugees are young people at school and university age, they are struggling to continue their education in displacement. The influx of refugees has increased social and economic tensions and has over-stretched an already strained Lebanese public service system. Creative solutions are needed. The right to quality education does not stop because of conflict, displacement, and instability, and is the most powerful means of breaking cycles of vulnerability and poverty.



Kiron started operations in Lebanon in late 2017, supporting refugees and underserved Lebanese communities in the country.

Kiron proposes a blended learning approach in Lebanon, combining online courses (MOOCs) from renowned Higher Education Institutions on our platform with offline learning in study centers, together with a strong blended student support. Kiron offers long curricula equivalent to Bachelor studies at a local university, as well as preparatory courses in English language and soft skills (among which digital skills and life skills). The goal is to equip the students with crucial and certifiable skills in the 21st century in order to open paths towards higher education, empower them to reach their academic, personal or professional learning goals while fostering a strong, inclusive community.

 

 

The three main pillars of our approach

Transfer and online credits recognition in universities
Kiron adapts the online curriculum tracks offered to the Lebanese university model, thus providing the opportunity for the students to study credits for free on the Kiron Campus, for 6 months to up to 24 months, and then get their online credits recognized when they apply and transfer to a local partner university. The students will then be able to save tuition fees by transferring the courses they have already studied online, pursue their studies offline and graduate from a bachelor’s degree from that university.

A strong Blended learning & support system
Kiron offers tailored online and in-person guidance to students depending on the goals that they want to achieve, whether they want to go to university or envisage other pathways. Students have access to our online forum, help center, mentoring services, and others, as well as in-person office hours and welcome sessions.
As online learning is very new in the region and in Lebanon, and in order to meet our students’ local needs, Kiron proposes a blended education initiative, consisting of a digital learning certificate program and peer-to-peer support components. Students are organized in groups and offered access to study centers in different regions of Lebanon. Students can thus have access to an appropriate study environment, with computers, an internet connection and pursue their online studies with a tutor present to guide them through the course, and give complementary offline academic support.
At the end of a study course or module, the students receive a certificate of completion.

A Policy Advocacy agenda on online learning
To ensure sustainable prospects for our students and beyond, Kiron also holds a policy advocacy agenda in Lebanon. We work with multiple stakeholders, students, faculty members, other NGOs and ministerial bodies including the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, in order to advance the culture and the recognition of online learning on a macro-level in the country.

Kiron Lebanon at a glance:

300+ students online and offline
47 blended-students graduated with a certificate
35% female students
4 partner universities

Three main pillars of our approach

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Transfer and online credits recognition in universities Kiron adapts the online curriculum tracks offered to the Lebanese university model.

Kiron provides the opportunity for the students to study credits for free on the Kiron Campus and then get their online credits recognized when they apply and transfer to a local partner university.
The students will then be able to save tuition fees by transferring the courses they have already studied online, pursue their studies offline and graduate from a bachelor’s degree from that university.

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A strong blended learning & support system Online and in-person guidance for students

Kiron offers tailored online and in-person guidance to students depending on the goals that they want to achieve, whether they want to go to university or envisage other pathways. Students have access to our online forum, help center, mentoring services and others, as well as in-person office hours and welcome sessions.

Kiron proposes a blended education initiative, consisting of a digital learning certificate program and peer-to-peer support components. Students are organized in groups and offered access to study centers in different regions of Lebanon. With computers, an internet connection, students pursue their online studies with a tutor present to guide them through the course, and give complementary offline academic support.

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A policy advocacy agenda on online learning Advancing the culture and the recognition of online learning

To ensure sustainable prospects for our students and beyond, Kiron also holds a policy advocacy agenda in Lebanon.
We work with multiple stakeholders, students, faculty members, other NGOS and ministerial bodies including the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, in order to advance the culture and the recognition of online learning on a macro-level in the country.

Showcases– Our Projects

Along with our partners, we ensure that vulnerable populations receive access to high-quality educational options, tailored to their needs - be it for access to higher education, to start a business or simply to learn a new skill. Whether it’s a grant to support our most innovative work, a customised program to empower our students, or co-creating digital educational solutions - we would like to explore partnership opportunities with you.

Our supporters:We would like to thank our supporters and partners listed here for their generous contributions.

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Kiron Campus- discover our innovative learning solution

Kiron proposes a blended learning approach in Lebanon, combining online courses (MOOCs) from renowned Higher Education Institutions on our platform with offline learning in study centers, together with a strong blended student support.
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Kironistas
     As a designer I talk with our students to understand how to improve Kiron Campus for them. I can see how we directly impact their lives.
Enrique, UX Designer
     Kiron as an employer offers such great flexibility, support and trust in its employees. I'm truly happy to have joined this family.
Flora Kwong, Chief Operating Officer

Meet our team:

Baptiste Ottevaere
Product Owner
Camila Sarmanho
HR Manager
Chris Staudt
Founder & Software Engineer
Dom Starkey
Head of Engineering
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For more information, please contact:

Lea Batal
Lebanon Country Director