Online Education (SaorEd)

SaorEd, (Saor is the Irish word for free) provides access to a range of entry level and advanced courses. Initial offerings include English language, information technology (IT), and career preparation courses. The courses are mostly in English but navigation interfaces are provided in Arabic, Ukrainian, Turkish, German, Spanish, and Russian.

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The platform is intended to fill the gaps in existing education and training programmes. Free English language classes are provided by various educational institutes in Ireland and others, however SaorEd aims to provide a range of courses accessible at any time of day. Language skills are essential for the integration and wellbeing of protection applicants and refugees.

Initial language courses provided on SaorEd will include an introduction to the English language, intermediate English for University, English for Arabic speakers, and advanced English for the workplace. The IT Skills study track will cover basic digital skills (in English and Arabic), intermediate IT skills (including a course on ‘Basic Digital Skills’), as well as more advanced courses like web design with HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

SaorEd provides study programs using massive open online courses (MOOCs) from reputable education providers. The initial offerings are based on a survey of over 100 people who are in or have transitioned out of Direct Provision. Over the coming months the platform will be extended to include courses in other areas that will help open pathways to employment and further education.

Many of the SaorEd study programmes are offered exclusively to international protection applicants, with certificates provided to learners on completion. By providing open access to online learning opportunities, it ensures that free education is available any time, any place to underserved communities.

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SaorEd is a collaborative initiative from Doras, New Horizon and Dignity Partnership. It is built on the Kiron online learning platform, which has been designed specifically for refugees and underserved communities and is already widely used in the Middle East and Europe.