Asylplus: Refugee uses online education to accelerate resettlement in Germany
Noor Hakeem accelerated his language learning by using online content. Now he helps other refugees do the same.
June 2017. Noor 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 and his wife fled from Bangladesh to Germany. Originally from Myanmar, Noor belongs to the Muslim minority group Rohingya, which is suppressed in Myanmar. In Bangladesh, opportunities for refugees to integrate are extremely limited, so Noor and his wife continued their flight to Germany.
In February 2016, Noor started a seven-months-long language course in Geretsried, a small community in Bavaria. After four months, Noor felt ready to tackle the final language exam - and passed it.
Equipped with this knowledge, Noor started an internship at Asylplus, a nonprofit organization that supports refugees and asylum seekers with computer-assisted learning opportunities. Noor used a Google Chromebook provided by Project Reconnect and online language programs to deepen his knowledge, and inspired his wife to do the same.
When Noor learned that he had been granted asylum a few weeks back, the first thing he did was go to the government job center. Not to request additional support, but to document his new job: Noor has been hired by Asylplus to help with technical administration and provide training to refugees and asylum seekers.
Before he came to Germany, Noor never had the chance to attend secondary school. Now he prepares to study computer science and hopes to someday work as a software engineer. With this in mind, Noor is preparing for his secondary school diploma at an evening school in Munich. “In my interim report I had the best grade in German, math and English and in other subjects,” Noor reports proudly.
Post by Theresa Ritzer, NetHope - Project Reconnect