The Collective Impact Campus is Kiron’s newest initiative to join forces with like-minded organizations and make learning for refugees more accessible and disruption-proof than before.
The COVID-19 pandemic initiated a rapid shift to digital education solutions that left many organizations struggling to adapt their learning offerings. However, even prior to this crisis, the digital divide was widening and leaving many disadvantaged communities behind in their pursuit of high-quality education and technical skills required for attending university and entering the job market.
Kiron was established with the idea in mind that online learning is the way forward for providing extensive but flexible opportunities adapted for challenging learning contexts for those affected by conflict. This past year, we realized that our already proven expertise in edtech would be an asset to many other NGOs who haven’t had the time or resources to design a crisis resistant education program. Long-term, our vision is to create a more scalable and collective impact beyond the scope of our platform and together, advocate for everyone’s right to education.
This is why we opened our platform to other organisations as the Collective Impact Campus.
How does it work?
Our campus hosts free, online study tracks and certified skill booster programs for students with refugee backgrounds. Now, we want to invite other NGOs to not only convert their current programs to digital formats with our extensive backend course creator but access the educational programs of all our partners, thereby opening the door for refugees globally to access more learning opportunities.
Transitioning from offline to online learning
Shifting towards digital learning programs is critical to creating a sustainable solution that can be consistently improved with the insights provided by digital tools. Online learning provides more flexibility and in combination with blended learning programs, is valuable for students who are unable to access traditional learning opportunities. In this shared space, we designed a virtual community for students to discuss ideas, network, and motivate one another.
Adapting to challenging learning contexts
Leveraging our platform addresses many barriers that organizations face around the world. We fortified the platform with features for challenging learning contexts such as low bandwidth optimization, mobile-first, and downloadable materials. Our Campus is navigable in over 5 languages and we have plans to add more to accommodate new students. These qualities combined with partnerships around the world will enable even more underserved communities to benefit from online learning and access high-quality educational offers.
Building a disruption-proof network
We are calling on other organizations to join us in not only solving the current issues surrounding education but building a disruption-proof network that can come together, tackle future challenges and exchange best practices in order to jointly reach our missions of creating sustainable education globally. With organizations joining as members of our Collective Impact Campus and crucial, long-standing partnerships with bodies like the CLCC, we can go beyond our current limitations and advocate for disadvantaged groups together.
Discover more about Kiron Collective Impact Campus here: https://kiron.ngo/lp/collective-impact-campus/