Medias - 21 May 2020

The Future is Offline Pitch Session at Solve Challenge Finals 2019

AN OFFLINE ACCESS TO VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND HIGHER EDUCATION FOR REFUGEES

Many obstacles prevent young refugees from continuing their education despite their skills and existing qualifications. Barriers include lack of degree recognition, language barriers and limited financial resources. And even if these barriers are overcome by existing online education programs, opportunities for refugees are limited due to a lack of internet access. In rural areas, only 22 percent of refugees are connected, and even if they are connected, connectivity is often unreliable and expensive.

To expand opportunities for refugees, Libraries Without Borders and Kiron Open Higher Education developed The Future is Offline, a program that provides refugees with offline access to multilingual digital learning resources and certification from top universities at accessible rates. The program gives refugees access to dozens of massive open online courses (MOOCs). The Future is Offline aims to expand to 20 million end-users disconnected from the internet across developing countries.

Watch Solver Jérémy Lachal pitch The Future is Offline

Since 2007, Libraries Without Borders acts to bring knowledge to those who are deprived of it – from refugee camps in Bangladesh to rural territories in France – and make the right to culture a fundamental human right.

In thirteen years, the association has aided more than six million people in fifty countries.

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