Begegnungs- und Fortbildungszentrum muslimischer Frauen (BFmF):                         Participants of language courses can borrow Chromebooks to continue learning at home

September 2017. This month, we would like to present to you three different models of three different organizations lending to the refugees Chrome Project Reconnect. The three organizations are pursuing different approaches, but would like to have them all with them. With their loan, they enable refugees to learn the German language from home, find a home and get in contact with family members. The detailed case study can be found as a link at the end of the article. 

The first loaner model is the one of the Begegnungs- und Fortbildungszentrums muslimischer Frauen, short BFmF. The organization provides a Chromebook to participants in their courses for the duration of the language or integration course that the refugees participate in. 

 

Eva-Maria Will is the teacher of a youth integration course in which she uses the Chromebooks. © Beate Mohammad

Eva-Maria Will is the teacher of a youth integration course in which she uses the Chromebooks. © Beate Mohammad

“If you want to learn a new language, it is important to practice it regularly,” says Beate Mohammad, who coordinates the integration courses at BFmF, a center run by muslim women to connect and train refugees and people with migration background. The integration courses introduce the German language, culture and political system - and teach the participants German. Beate had the idea to let the students borrow the laptops for the duration of the courses so that they can continue their studies outside the classroom. Students who do not have internet at home can go online in the cafeteria at the center and study there.

“It is important that everyone who works with the Chromebooks has access to technical training that is customized for the knowledge and skill level at which he or she is,” explains Beate Mohammad. This training is needed for the students and is also extremely important for the teachers. The training prepares them with the knowledge and motivation to integrate the laptops in their lessons. Support for using the Chromebooks is available during consultation hours and via phone and e-mail and ensures that user problems are quickly addressed and the laptops continue to support learning. 

 

Read the detailed case study here: 

BFmF: Participants of language courses can borrow Chromebooks to learn at home (German only)