In the past decade, the CLCC has experienced remarkable growth,
evolving from a small group of like-minded organizations to a diverse coalition.
This is our story.
During a pivotal convening in 2014, stakeholders gathered to explore the immense opportunities that connected higher education could unlock for refugee populations.
Sowing the Seed
A seed was sown, and over the subsequent year, education partners from around the world created a blueprint for the CLCC.
With generous funding from the Open Society Foundations, the CLCC officially launched in 2016, unifying refugee-focused connected higher education efforts.
With additional funding from the Mastercard Foundation, the Ford Foundation, GIZ, and Al Fanar Media and continued support from the Open Society Foundations, the CLCC grew rapidly, doubling its membership, diversifying its programs, and expanding its geographical reach.
As membership continued to grow, the CLCC launched the Digital Playbook and Instructional Design for e-Learning (IDEL) working group, providing governments and universities with guidelines and training to inform the design and delivery of quality connected higher education programs.
Adapting to the Storm
In response to the challenges posed by COVID-19, CLCC members adapted rapidly to meet the needs of refugee learners and staff. The CLCC made concerted efforts to help organizations navigate these challenges by linking members to strategic partners, funding opportunities, and resources.
Expanding Our Horizons
As countries began to lift lockdown measures, the CLCC redoubled its expansion efforts, hosting roundtables with ministries and universities to nurture new connected higher education opportunities in the Middle East and Northern Africa and West and Central Africa regions.
Charting the Future
Aligned with the 15 by 30 Roadmap, the CLCC is focused on strengthening refugee student leadership through the Student Engagement Task Force; supporting refugee-led organizations; and building global partnerships, especially with universities and governments in countries hosting large numbers of refugees.