Teacher capacity-building workshop in a “Ghata” school for refugee children in an Informal Tented Settlement in the Bekaa region of Lebanon. “Ghata” multi-functional structures will serve as computer-equipped study hubs to link refugees to digital educational programmes designed by Higher Education Institutions. 

PADILEIA is increasing access to higher education for refugee and disadvantaged host communities in Jordan and Lebanon through new online and blended learning programmes. Participating students can work towards micro-credentials in relevant fields and are supported with tailored student services and affordable pathways into locally-delivered formal academic qualifications.

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The challenge

It is estimated that there are around 76,000 refugees aged between 18 and 25 in Lebanon and Jordan who aspire to gain access to higher education. These future students face significant barriers to higher education access, leading to a lack of transferable skills and future education pathways.

The solution

PADILEIA provides higher education opportunities to refugee communities via three learning offers:

  • Short online courses via the FutureLearn platform.
  • Online university level courses and MOOCs via the Kiron online learning platform.
  • University foundation programmes, using blended learning and delivered via the partner universities.

Through these offers, PADILEIA is increasing access to high-quality education by providing a foundation for further higher education learning. It also enables students to acquire the transferable skills they need for future work, to act as agents of change within their own communities, and to play a future role in the reconstruction of Syria.

‘Last September I attended the first class here in PADILEIA and it was very surprising. Since the first day we created policies for the whole year and determined our goals for the programme and the future by making plans on how we can get the best results from all lessons. A fantastic start made me realise how wonderful the programme is, and it was really above my expectations.’ PADILEIA student

The partners

The PADILEIA partnership is led by King's College London (UK), working with the American University of Beirut (Lebanon), Al al-Bayt University (Jordan), Kiron Open Higher Education gGmbH (Germany) and FutureLearn (UK).