Konexio, digital learning for refugees

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Companies around the world rely heavily on freelancers to develop their IT systems. But these “digital freelancers” are struggling to meet the demands of these companies. That is why the French association has decided to increase the potential of the unemployed as well as refugees in several countries around the world through its digital career training programs.

Training modules for professions and the use of digital technologies Konexio Association aim to promote sustainable socio-professional inclusion among people who find themselves away from work and to combat the digital exclusion that continues to grow in the world, according to latest UN report.

The association provides its training programs at the international level for refugees or displaced persons. This initiative is supported by many NGOs, private partners and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Training is always carried out as close as possible to vulnerable populations in countries.

The first classes started in 2019 in Malawi at the Dzalek camp. and have been updated in 2022 to give birth to 3e promotion of students. Other modules deployed in Kenya specially train 240 refugee women. In July he is in Jordan for the attention of refugees,but also people excluded from the labor marketexplains Jean Guo, founder of Konexio.

To tailor these learning paths as best we can, we always start by diagnosing our students’ core skills and understanding what kind of work they would like to take. This allows us to help them throughout the training process. Our lessons may relate to the technical areas of the digital professions, from data processing to computer coding of information systems, or to the creation of new applications for companies’ online services. Our students can also learn how to use office tools to find a job or simply learn how to write emails.

Specifically, Konexio’s role is to provide all the educational tools and materials that our local partners need to organize these trainings in countries. Our goal is to help our students achieve financial independence. This digital social inclusion will also benefit their relatives or families. We often cite the example of Stan, a Malawi camp refugee who recently became a coach himself. The computer skills he received provided him with his first economic opportunities, he got married and bought his own house… And that is exactly what we are pursuing with these training courses: to offer a future perspective to all those who are digitally deprived in the world. ยป

Konexio also advocates for the recognition of the universal right to digital learning. The association also notes that most local labor laws in the countries in which it operates are not always favorable to refugees or migrants. She also recalls that its curricula, without exception, are aimed at all marginalized people and regardless of their country of origin. To step up its action, Konexio intends to gain a foothold in 10 countries and 40 cities over the next 5 years, bearing the brunt of this global scourge of digital isolation.

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