Laptops help prepare young refugees for vocational training

By Sybille FleischmannEight young refugees are working together on a class project at Nikolaus-Lehner-Schule, a public trade school in Dachau, Germany. They have pushed their tables together to form two groups. On their desks, the students have laid out large blueprints for a bathroom. Each of the young men has a small laptop on his … Continued

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Germany gives, and a refugee gives back

By Theresa RitzerAdnan Saleem Saqib has a wife and two daughters back home in Pakistan. Before fleeing his home country for Germany two years ago, Adnan worked as an accountant. He studied economics and met his wife-to-be in college. They fell in love and married without their parents arranging the union or first giving consent. … Continued

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Kiron student: ‘All human hearts speak the same language’

Kiron Open Higher Education is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide refugees with the opportunity to get higher education. Kiron is a grantee of Project Reconnect, an initiative from NetHope and Google.org that provided 25,000 Chromebooks to nonprofits supporting refugees in Germany. Kiron makes the laptops from Project Reconnect available to students in … Continued

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Kiron student: ‘I came to Germany because of love’

Kiron Open Higher Education is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide refugees with the opportunity to get higher education. Kiron is a grantee of Project Reconnect, an initiative from NetHope and Google.org that provided 25,000 Chromebooks to nonprofits supporting refugees in Germany. Kiron makes the laptops from Project Reconnect available to students in … Continued

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Kiron student: ‘My story is not set in stone yet’

Kiron Open Higher Education is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide refugees with the opportunity to get higher education. Kiron is a grantee of Project Reconnect, an initiative from NetHope and Google.org that provided 25,000 Chromebooks to nonprofits supporting refugees in Germany. Kiron makes the laptops from Project Reconnect available to students in … Continued

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Refugee used online education to accelerate resettlement

By Theresa Ritzer, Project ReconnectNoor Hakeem is excited to be a dad. Just a few months ago, he and his wife, Sumaya, welcomed their first child. Noor is also happy that he was officially granted asylum status in Germany. Together, Noor and Sumaya have built a new life: family, their own apartment, and a job.Noor … Continued

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‘I would very much like to stay in Germany and have a job’

 By Sybille Fleischmann, Project Reconnect leadIn Leverkusen-Opladen, a small community near Cologne in Germany, employees of the Kolping-Bildungswerk training center help young refugees prepare for and find a job or apprenticeship in Germany. They offer German lessons, tutor the refugees in math and other topics, and arrange internships. Currently,  seven young men between 19 and 23 … Continued

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One year later: Project Reconnect grantees connect in Munich

By Sybille Fleischmann, Project Reconnect leadIn the year since the first Project Reconnect grantees were selected, 24,000 Google Chromebooks have been distributed to nonprofits working with refugees. The laptops are in use at more than 900 locations across Germany. On March 17, 2017, representatives from these nonprofits met in Munich to share lessons learned and … Continued

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‘Everyone can learn at their own pace’

By Theresa RitzerNördlingen is a town of nearly 20,000 people in Bavaria, Germany. And its adult education center, called a Volkshochschule, offers basic German language courses for refugees. In these courses, students and instructors use 25 Google Chromebooks, received from NetHope’s Project Reconnect. The Chromebooks help deepen the lessons, and have become an integral part … Continued

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First-time student teaches others German

By Theresa RitzerSharare is 15 years old. Two years ago, she and her family arrived in Germany from Afghanistan, from a region where girls and women are denied access to education. After six months in Germany, she and her younger sister (both pictured above; Sharare at left) joined a “Welcome” class in Erding, a district … Continued

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