Education is not just a matter of relevance in displaced populations, but of survival. One of the refugees said “If I am not a student, I am nothing.”
Re:Coded aims to create innovative, socially minded leaders in conflict affected communities using technology and entrepreneurship as a catalyst. We aim to connect the dots between local problems and global opportunities and harness cross cutting solutions to transform local capacity with the aim of building long-term economic development, peace and geopolitical stability.
The Fellowship is an intensive program designed to train refugees and displaced youth with no prior coding experience to become
production-ready web developers. The program is adapted from The Flatiron School’s Web Development Immersive — a course that has successfully trained students for the workforce and helped them find web development jobs.
Kiron:World-Class Education For Refugees
Our vision is to provide millions of refugees worldwide with the opportunity to graduate with an accredited university degree, free of charge. No more time, potential, or lives wasted.
Kiron uses an innovative combination of online and offline learning to provide accessible, sustainable, and cost-effective education. To date, we have over 1,000 students, 18 partner universities, and 4 degree programmes. That’s over 1,000 lives changed already.
Kiron offers much more than just online learning. Our vision is to reinvent the traditional concept of a university: with a diverse range of partners, we are striving to create an education model that is more accessible, more human-centred, and more supportive of personal growth.
The DigiSchool, also known as the MobiStation, is a portable, solar-powered multimedia kit fully equipped with a speaker, projector, and a document reading camera. DigiSchool, an abridged form of “digital school in a box,” refers to devices with pre-uploaded education content. At a glance, the DigiSchool looks like an ordinary plastic suitcase with wheels and a pullout handle. But inside this black pelican case, you can find video clips, cartoons, music videos, math lessons, an offline Wikipedia, and much more.
The current DigiSchool is a fourth generation prototype. Progress has been made since early 2013 when the Global Innovation Lab in Uganda produced the DigiSchool hardware and carried out the first user testing. On the software side, the DigiSchools’ digital content library continues to be enhanced with more educational content.
The European University Association (EUA) developed the “Refugees Welcome Map” that aims to showcase and document the commitment of higher education institutions and organisations in supporting refugees.
EUA is collecting data on their initiatives and activities via a brief survey and presenting them in this interactive map, which will be continuously updated. The campaign began in Europe but is open to institutions and organisations around the world.
Some Universities in South East Europe, Turkey and Russia are offering various forms of aid.
The Slovenian University of Nova Gorica has provided scholarships to asylum seekers and it is committed to recognize educational qualification obtained in countries of origin. University of Ljubljana offers a university preparatory Slovenian language course.
Romania did not receive a high number of refugees but the University of Bucharest is distributing some humanitarian aid. The University of Timisoara is offering Romanian language and European culture courses and it is supporting refugees to access to the academic programs. All the students are engaged in social inclusion programs for refugees.
The Aegean University in the islands of Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Rhodes, Lemnos and Siro has been directly involved in the arrival of refugees. The university has developed many projects: food distribution to local NGOs, psychological support to families, women, children and vulnerable people. It provided scholarship to refugees to allow them enrolling some courses.
It is developing a monitoring study on migration to sensitize the public opinion in the country.
University of Athens has launched the ”Monitoring-Network for solidarity and support to refugees” which offers assistance to refugees from translation to dental care.
Koçdi Universities of Istanbul and Ataturk University of Erzurum developed support programs for refugees. The first one offers scholarships to refugees, the second one offered job to teachers and academics from Syria.
Original post by OBC.