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Kiron Launches THRIVE: An Upskilling Program to Empower Refugee Women

Ezinne Uzoije
2023 04 25

BERLIN, Germany – Kiron, the educational technology non-profit organization focused on providing learning opportunities for refugees & underserved communities, announced today the launch of THRIVE, a new program for upskilling refugee women. The program aims to provide women currently living in German-speaking European countries (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) with a comprehensive learning experience to enable them to develop the skills and knowledge they need to take control of their futures.


Over 50 million women and girls are forcibly displaced currently worldwide. Women refugees often face significant challenges compared to men, including gender-based violence, discrimination, and limited access to education and employment opportunities. This lack of access to education and training can limit their ability to rebuild their lives after forceful displacement from their homes, leaving them vulnerable to poverty and dependence.


THRIVE has been developed to specifically address challenges that displaced women face in accessing further training and decent employment by offering them a free comprehensive program where they can choose to learn Data Analytics and earn an Associate Analyst certificate from Data Camp or learn basic digital skills to improve technological competence. The program is complemented by language learning and inclusion courses, live group sessions and one-to-one coaching on language practice, professional soft skills and job market insights to get the participants ready for the modern workplace. THRIVE does not require any educational vouchers for participation and this is to promote inclusion by eliminating bureaucratic barriers that historically deter refugee women from accessing further education.


THRIVE’s objectives also align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 4, 5 and 8 by promoting empowerment of women through technology, ensuring inclusive and equitable education and powering youth training for decent work and economic growth.


The pilot for THRIVE has been enabled through the generous donations of three organizations; JP Morgan, Postcode Lottery and King Baudouin Foundation. Kiron welcomes interested individuals and organisations to join them in their mission to empower refugee women by supporting the THRIVE program.



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Since 2015, Kiron, an education technology non-profit, has been dedicated to making education accessible to refugees and underserved communities. Through Kiron Campus, its online learning platform, and other educational programs, Kiron strengthens society by enabling the inclusion and empowerment of displaced people with transformative skills for the future of work. As an innovative leader in the education sector, Kiron is disrupting the traditional education model with sustainable solutions through its social business. For more information, visit

Chaghaf Howayek
Program Lead - THRIVE, Kiron
[email protected]