A new programme “Techfugees Digital Spark “ to provide access to free digital skills training

In September 2021, Techfugees, in partnership with Google for Startups and Coursera, launched an international pilot training program across our chapters network in Uganda, Kenya, Lebanon, United Kingdom to support 100 unemployed refugees with advanced digital skills to enter the labor market in the tech space.

Accessing remote and digital education

“Education is a basic human right, enshrined in the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 1951 Refugee Convention. It is protective and empowering, giving refugees the knowledge and skills to live productive, fulfilling and independent lives. It provides a route to employment and self- sufficiency.” reminds the UNHCR.

However, access to education and digital skills is a challenge for refugees everywhere in the world. In 2020, if only 37% of youth around the world go to university, the percentage goes down to 3% when it comes to refugee youth.

Digital education not only gives access to quality content in a context where the pandemic has shifted the paradigm in terms of remote learning and work, but it also opens doors for skilled individuals to make their place into the tech industry and bring new voices to the forefront.

Overview of the programme

Those fully funded Google Certificates require no prior relevant experience or degree and are designed to provide learners with job-ready skills in high-growth fields in under six months. In this pilot, most of the courses are available in English but also in Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, German and Russian.


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