First ever online courses in Kurdish have been launched on Alison

Alison, an Ireland based online learning provider, has launched the first ever online courses in Kurdish language to provide free online education for Kurdish speaking individuals. The courses are live now.

The project is a joint effort between USAID/Foras, an economic development project in Iraq, Silatech, a regional social initiative promoting employment opportunities for Arab youth, and Alison, a world leader in Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC). The translation was funded by the USAID/Foras, and accomplished by Cihan University's translation center in Erbil which is a private university. 
I gave a demo of the courses on Alison, and also spoke about the translation
and its challenges, at Cihan University on April 6. This is a scan of a
newspaperstory of the launch of the courses in the Connacht Tribune
newspaper based in Galway. 

There are four courses available in Kurdish language, offering diplomas in Human Resources, Customer Service, Tourism, and Food Safety.  These are certified courses that allow the registered learners to receive a .PDF certificate upon successful completion of each course.

The courses were chosen based on the local market demand in Iraq and is aimed at helping Kurdish-speaking individuals to develop their skills and knowledge base.  The diploma courses can be added to job seekers’ CVs as an accomplishment.

As USAID/Foras Senior Translator Officer/Kurdish, I had the responsibility of supervising the translation process and I have to say this was an exciting project. It feels really good to be working on a project that's going to touch the lives of so many Kurds who do not have access to such learning because they do not speak English or Arabic. 

If you are interested in taking the courses just log on to and long in with your existing Google, Yahoo, or Facebook account. Then go to Diploma Courses and scroll down to find the four Kurdish courses. 

Here is direct links to all four courses:


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