Becoming a community sponsor
King’s is preparing to bring a refugee family to London under the UK’s Community Sponsorship Scheme. This new sponsorship project, which is led by Professor Bronwyn Parry, Head of the School of Global Affairs and Director of the Sanctuary Programme, and Dr Leonie Ansems de Vries, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, brings together experts from the UK Home Office, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHRC) and partners in the region to resettle a displaced student and their family eligible for resettlement in the UK.
King’s will become the sponsoring community, providing the family with structured all-round support and a fully-funded undergraduate scholarship to enable the student to further their education at a world-leading university. Working to ensure education remains a right for all, these innovative programmes give those most adversely affected by conflict and displacement unrivalled opportunities to rebuild their lives and careers and to fulfil their potential.
While the UNCHR scheme has been temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, King’s has continued our preparations and we hope to welcome the student and their family to London later this year.
PADILEIA (Partnership for Digital Learning and Increased Access)
The Partnership for Digital Learning and Increased Access (PADILEIA) was formed to meet the educational needs of a mobile and digitally literate refugee population in Jordan and Lebanon. With a shared interest in innovative digital pedagogy, student support and delivery, PADILEIA consists of three universities – King’s College London, Al Al-Bayt University in Jordan, and the American University of Beirut in Lebanon – as well as Kiron Open Higher Education (a digital-education NGO) and FutureLearn (a leader in online learning).
PADILEIA increases access to higher education for refugee and disadvantaged host communities in Jordan and Lebanon through blended foundation and short courses. The programme has launched five bespoke courses on FutureLearn, designed by King’s Online and King’s faculties, which includes English Elementary, English Intermediate, English for Healthcare, Introduction to Nursing, Business and Entrepreneurship. There are over 4,000 refugee-status learners studying on these courses and over 150,000 learners worldwide which suggests that the courses are reaching significantly more target beneficiaries.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Jordan- and Lebanon-based foundation courses and the PADILEIA mentorship program have been moved fully online. Facilitation for short courses has also moved online.