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Providing higher education to refugees

The process of seeking asylum can take years, a time where most refugees can’t do anything but wait. They can’t work, study or start building new lives in their new country. Together with Kiron Open Higher Education, the H&M Foundation is working to increase access to higher education opportunities for refugees in Germany.
Expected outcome

3,000

students will be reached though project activities.

54

students supported with language certificate funding.

3,000

students will be reached though project activities.

54

students supported with language certificate funding.

For refugees arriving in a new country, finding a job is everything. Without a job, the process of building a new life is extremely difficult. Earning an income and getting to know the local people, customs and culture is key to integrate into the society.

Less than 1% of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people have access to higher education. Even though many are motivated to continue or begin their education to increase their chances of getting a job, due to obstacles such as language barriers, missing legal documents, and financing, it’s not always possible to do so. Kiron offers an online university platform which enables refugees, who are often on the move and whose futures are uncertain, the opportunity to start studying irrespective of their location or asylum status.

Less than 1% of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people have access to higher education.

Through our project, Kiron will create an innovative and supportive on- and off-line learning environment on their platform to enhance the student’s chances to succeed with their studies. The project will implement an online system to track student’s progress, develop free online education materials and create a motivational online student community. This will be combined with a broad range of offline support functions, such as live tutoring, support with language certificate funding, and a summer school for female students. The project will support Kiron students to apply to partner universities, where they can finish their studies and graduate with an accredited university degree.

SUMMARY
Focus area: Equality
Project: Providing higher education to refugees
Country: Germany
Partner: Kiron Open Higher Education
Project period: 2017-2020
Total donation: 7.5 million Swedish krona
People reached by 2020: 3,000

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