Begegnungs- und Fortbildungszentrum muslimischer Frauen (BFmF): Participants of language courses borrow Chromebooks to continue their studies at home
October 2017. This year, already more than 500 refugees and asylum seekers have been studying German at the education center "Begegnungs- und Fortbildungszentrum muslimischer Frauen", short BFmF in Cologne, Germany. The courses range from literacy courses and basic German to advanced courses preparing students for a job or training. In December 2016, the center received Chromebooks from Project Reconnect, and since then has been integrating the laptops into their language training, even offering students the opportunity to borrow Chromebooks to continue studying at home.
Over the next weeks, we are introducing Project Reconnect grantees and their different approaches to support refugees and asylum seekers with laptops and online content.
The education center "Begegnungs- und Fortbildungszentrums muslimischer Frauen" (BFmF) provides participants of their language or integration courses a loaner Chromebook for the duration of the course.
“If you want to learn a new language, it is important to practice it,” says Beate Mohammad, who coordinates the integration courses at BFmF, a center run by muslim women dedicated to strengthen girls and women as well as families with an immigration background through education and counseling. During the refugee crisis, the organization extended its offer to special courses for refugees. The integration courses introduce the German language, culture and political system. With the Chromebook grant from Project Reconnect, BFmF was able to accelerate the integration of online content into the lessons and even went a step further allowing students to borrow the laptops for the duration of their courses and use them at home. Students who do not have internet at home can go online in the cafeteria at the center and study there.
The center supports teachers and students with ongoing training. “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 also extremely important for the teachers. The training prepares them with the knowledge and motivation to integrate the laptops in their lessons. In addition, 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.
Case study BFmF: Participants of language courses can borrow Chromebooks (pdf)