PADILEA was formed to meet the educational needs of refugees affected by the Syrian war and disadvantaged local youth in Jordan and Lebanon. Running from 2016 to 2022, this innovative partnership consists of King’s (led by Dr Tania Lima, Director of Global Engagement), 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).
To meet the diverse needs of the students, their individual interests and immediate goals, the PADILEIA project team developed a three-pronged approach, which included eight bespoke online courses, a blended foundation programme, and self-paced study tracks with locally recognised course modules. To aid students’ learning, study hubs were set up in Jordan and Lebanon where students had access to facilitators, computers and internet, as well as wrap-around support and a sense of community.
The eight online bespoke PADILEIA courses were designed by King’s Online and King’s Faculties. The course subjects were chosen based on needs assessment and knowledge from partners on the gap between school-leavers and university entry requirements. Courses were developed to be mobile friendly and optimised for low bandwidth so that the learners could easily access them from anywhere and continue their studies.
Over 13,000 self-identifying refugees and disadvantaged young people in Lebanon and Jordan participated in one of the bespoke online courses, and more than 1 million learners have enrolled worldwide. In addition, over 1,000 students participated in the blended programmes, with 510 students following PADILEIA’s innovative Foundation Programme and 102 graduates going on to continue their education and enrol at university, studying over 20 different subjects.
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