07.03.2016 EAEAMEMBERS

Google to support the integration of migrants in Germany

EAEA member, the Verband der Volkshochschulen des Saarlandes (VHS-Saar), has been awarded with 500 laptops by the Google.org foundation in the framework of its project "reconnect" that aims to facilitate the integration of migrants.

Support for e-learning of refugees: Sybille Fleischmann (NetHope), Director Public Policy & Government Relations Annette Kroeber-Riel (Google), Prime Minister of Saarland Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Director Jacquelline Fuller (Google.org foundation) and Director Karsten Schneider (VHS-Saar).

The numbers of lessons and participants in German courses at adult education centers in Saarland have increased by 60 % between 2014 and 2015. 5.000 learners participated in 65.000 lessons of German as a foreign language that were delivered in 2015. Nevertheless, considering the continuous increase of refugees arriving in Germany, the waiting lists for the courses are constantly growing.

Integration through e-learning

With its joint project "Reconnect", VHS-Saar and the State Chancellery of Saarland will facilitate access to e-learning for refugees while they are waiting for spots in integration courses. The project will allow many refugees that are on waiting lists to use this time in a constructive way by already starting to learn German through online portals.

500 Chromebook laptops provided by Google.org foundation will be at the disposal of refugees in learning cafés throughout Saarland. Voluntary teaching guides will assist the refugees to use the laptops and the online learning platform www.ich-will-deutsch-lernen.de and other e-learning tools.

"The project will play a key role in fostering the integration of refugees", says Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Prime Minister of Saarland, welcoming the donation.

Thanks to this project and Google's generous donation, adult education centers in Saarland can now develop their integration programmes further.

Text: Tania Berman and Karsten Schneider
Photo: Darchinger