Despite challenging circumstances on the ground in Iraq, Ireland-based ALISON, the first MOOC (Massive Open Online Courseware) and a global leader in the provision of free certified online workplace skills training, together with USAID/Foras, Silatech, a regional social initiative promoting employment opportunities for Arab youth, and Cihan University, have collaborated to launch the first ever free online training courses in the Kurdish language. Free online self-paced courses covering food safety, tourism studies, human resource management, and customer service are now accessible in the Kurdish language on ALISON.
The courses can also be found www.Foras-Jobs.com, an employability portal sponsored by Silatech, a social initiative focused on assisting young unemployed and underemployed youth in the MENA Region to develop their workplace skills. These courses will assist the development of modern workplace skills in the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq. Despite the nearby conflict involving the Iraqi government and the Islamic Group ISIS, the Kurdistan government in Northern Iraq is pressing aggressively ahead to support initiatives which will strengthen the local economy through investment in education. The Kurdish translation of the resources was completed by Irbil-based Cihan University.