100,000 people take humanitarian learning courses to save more lives in disaster situations
We have released an analysis of the learners and courses undertaken since the Academy’s inception in November 2015. The report ‘100,000 humanitarian learners and counting’ shows that over 100,000 learners have accessed learning through the Academy’s free online learning platform Kaya, and other methods including face to face training, workshops and webinars in less than three years.
The Academy’s mission is to enable people around the world to prepare for and respond to crises in their own countries. This investment in learning and knowledge supports the commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit for the localisation of aid to ensure a more efficient, effective and sustainable approach.
The new report demonstrates that the majority [67 per cent] of Academy learning has been accessed online through Kaya – a mobile accessible free platform. This platform currently has over 67,000 users from all over the world, mostly from countries currently experiencing a crisis including Bangladesh, Iraq, Nigeria, the Philippines, Syria, and Yemen. This demonstrates the demand for critical information and learning which goes beyond the traditional face to face approach to training.
The learning through Kaya is not just self-directed e-learning but also features participatory opportunities such as massive open online courses (MOOCs) where thousands of learners do the course at the same time, forums allowing people to share experiences and ideas, webinars and gamification courses where people learn through games.
Saba Al-Mubaslat, CEO, Humanitarian Leadership Academy said:
“It is unsurprising that we have seen such an appetite for learning from many local communities in vulnerable countries dealing with typhoons, earthquakes, droughts, floods and conflict on a daily basis. Through our network of partners, we aim to reach more people at the grassroots level who will be the first to respond if a disaster strikes and giving them access to free learning that will help them to prepare for, respond to, and recover from impending disasters.
“We have successfully engaged a wide range of partners to help us by providing investment, sharing learning content, helping to reach new audiences and bringing innovation solutions to the table. We couldn’t do this without our founding partners such as Alwaleed Philanthropies who believe and support the work we are doing. Their continued financial and strategic support means we can reach even more learners and save more lives.”
HRH Princess Lamia Al Saud, Secretary General, Alwaleed Philanthropies
“We are delighted to be supporting the incredibly important and relevant work of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy. We want to ensure that local responders become local humanitarian leaders with the learning and knowledge to respond safely and effectively in an emergency situation. The Academy has done a fantastic job of already reaching 100,000 people, and we look forward to working with them to reach even more learners over the coming years.”
The report also reveals that two-thirds of learners feel that the courses they have taken will add to their skills and knowledge as aid workers.
Our social media channels have also grown exponentially with over half a million followers to date. Over 70 per cent believe that they understand humanitarian issues better from engaging with our channels and learning. Almost 60 per cent have recommended the learning courses on Kaya to colleagues, friends or family.
Download the full report here