Kiron enables access to higher education and successful learning for refugees and disadvantaged locals through digital solutions.
What is the Kiron Model?
The Kiron courses, which lead to a certificate, are considered ‘micro-credentials’, which can be recognized at local, international and online Universities, and in the labor market in Jordan and Lebanon, in refugees home country, and also in resettlement countries. Therefore, our students have the flexibility to study, whilst deciding or waiting for the next step.
Kiron has created a unique learning program set up by a committed team of learning engineers. Our courses are designed to utilise the reputed online MOOC platforms such as Coursera, Edx, FUN or Open Classrooms and are devised based on academic demands. Our students have constant access to our program from wherever they may be, completely free of charge.
Kiron is currently working on offering two study tracks to our students in Jordan and Lebanon where they can transfer to partner universities to study a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Business & Economics. Otherwise, students in Jordan, Lebanon, and elsewhere, have access to all of our study tracks without the option of transfer.
- Business and Economics
- Computer Science
Who can Apply?
Are you a refugee or asylum seeker? Are you interested in our program? Check your eligibility here!
- Registered refugees OR disadvantaged Jordanian and Lebanese youth
- Currently living in Jordan or Lebanon
- In possession of a valid ID card
- Have graduated from High School (with a Baccalaureate/Tawjihi)
- Motivated to study Business & Economics or Computer Science
Want to learn more/ need support?
Throughout the process we provide our students with different services aimed at helping them succeed in their studies and feeling part of a community. The first year of study takes place online, so it is important to create social links between our students. These networks allow our students to flourish in their country of residence, student services includes:
Registration and Onboarding sessions
In order to ensure students fully understand the Kiron model, students in Jordan and Lebanon can register at one of our information sessions, and complete the onboarding as part of a group, (whilst getting to know other students) in our in-person welcome sessions.
Students contact the team via the Help Desk, on which the team receives emails with requests for academic and technical support, in addition to support on using the Campus, Forum and MOOC platforms.
In case the student has challenges and feels more comfortable in receiving help in person, they can contact Student Services to schedule an appointment at the office. Typical requests for office hours come from students who need assistance with the onboarding, or in understanding the future of the opportunity they’re pursuing with Kiron.
At Student Services, we realize that not all students have access to computers and internet. To solve this challenge, we’ve partnered with community organizations that are equipped with the proper devices. An example of our partnerships is our work with Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Jordan, where students come twice per week for guided study sessions, in which each student has a computer that they can use for their studies.
Student Services team members conducted visits several times a month to make sure to assist the students, and organize interactive team building sessions to build and improve the sense of community.
Student and Alumni Network
One of the biggest advantages of participating in education and leadership programs, is staying in touch with the other participants after the end of the program. We manage several communications channels, including Facebook groups on which we exchange opportunities such as trainings and scholarships that match our students’ profiles, and encourage them to share their accomplishments and ongoing projects with others.
Most of Kiron’s students arrive to Jordan with little to no contacts. The process of adapting to life in a new country affects the learning progress. Student Services organizes a variety of social events in order to help the students meaningfully connect with new people. Previous social events included bubble football games, treasure hunt, and cooking dinner in group.
Tutorials and Direct Academics
To further support the online courses, Student Services facilitates offline and online tutorials, led by experts in the fields of the study tracks that the students are pursuing.
Psychosocial Support Referrals
While Student Services does not provide direct psychosocial support, Student Services refers cases of students who report the need for professional help to partner organizations and professionals.
KIRON MENA TEAM
Questions? Email the Jordan team at firstname.lastname@example.org and the Lebanon team at email@example.com.
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