KU offers higher education in crisis zones: New perspectives for teachers and learners

Students on their way to a JWL Learning Center in the Afghani province of Daikundi.

Enabling local higher education for young people in poverty-stricken areas, social hotspots and crisis zones - that is the aim of the KU in cooperation with Jesuit Worldwide Learning - Higher Education at the Margins (JWL). To do this worldwide, it uses innovative digital teaching and learning formats. “With our service we can reach countries and regions in which there is hardly any basis for training future teacher. Our students will themselves become multipliers of education in their environment, who in turn will be able to competently coach other people through their learning journeys,” says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien. Father Peter Balleis, who is the President of JWL says: "Educating critical, solution-oriented personalities is the key to achieving peace. It is no accident we go to the rims of society to do this.” The concept of the offer takes into account that digitalization has not only brought changes to the way we teach, but also to the way we learn.

While university access is a given in Germany, only a fraction of the population of other areas in the world has the chance to pursue studies. That is why the KU as a JWL partner offers three English-language certificate classes that include training to become a teacher or sports social worker and also educate its participants on digital teaching and learning methods. Participants live in countries such as Afghanistan, Kenia, India, Mynmar, Sri Lanka or Iraq. Responsable for these programs is the Faculty of Religious Education of the KU.