Konexio gathers with fellow MigraCode EU partners at a summit to discuss employability strategies
Konexio gathered in Athens, Greece with fellow partners in the MigraCode EU network, a collective that promotes open tech education for refugees and migrants, for a conference on employability skills. Migracode is a European network of code schools made possible by various nonprofit organizations. The network also collaborates with corporate business and other organizations to support vulnerable groups all throughout Europe.
Meet Ewa, a special education teacher turned web development instructor for our Paris training programs
Please tell us about your background.
My professional background began as a specialized educator for autistic children, which is very different from coding. Within my SESSAD (structures of the medical-educational sector) I started to be interested in code. I didn't know how to code at all, but I joined a community called Ladies of Code. They are the ones who introduced me to web development and I liked it !
Shortly after I had back problems, the work doctor advised me to change jobs so as not to put my health in danger. I thought why not go into web development, just to see if I would really like it or not. I started to take small distance learning courses and I heard about Konexio. And a few months later, when there was the fourth DevWeb class, I could start my new studies.
Meet Stan, a Digital Inclusion Program graduate-turned-teacher
Konexio and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) launched the Digital Inclusion Program (DIP) in Malawi in 2019, training sixty refugee students in online freelancing. As a capacity builder, Konexio trains instructors, who in turn train the refugee students living in the Dzaleka Refugee Camp. The students, 29 percent of whom are women, earn on average $500 per month.
Now a DIP instructor, Stan joined the program’s inaugural cohort in fall 2019 and subsequently launched a successful freelancing career. Having studied engineering in his home country of the Congo, which he eventually fled due to insecurity, Stan held a bachelor’s degree in networks and telecommunications when he arrived alone in Malawi in 2017.
Konexio Founder and CEO Jean Guo to Attend the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship's Women's Economic Empowerment Accelerator
Konexio to partner with The Miller Center to promote economic and digital inclusion for all
Globally, only 20% of the world’s 40 million+ adult refugees are employed, with refugee women experiencing unemployment levels up to 17% higher than those of men. Accordingly, the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship will bring together social sector leaders who are committed to supporting women at its Women’s Economic Empowerment Accelerator (WEE), which will be held remotely from January 26, 2022 until July of this year. Konexio’s founder and CEO Jean Guo will attend this mentorship program, seeking to strengthen Konexio’s commitment to equal opportunity for refugees and low-income women through digital skills training. Konexio’s upcoming program launch in Nairobi, in partnership with RefuSHE, as well as its current programs in Seine-Saint-Denis, in partnership with Social Builder, form the current backbone of Konexio’s women’s-specific programming.
Konexio to launch in Kenya in collaboration with RefuSHE with support from Google.org
Konexio will partner with RefuSHE to train 180 refugee women in digital freelancing
Konexio and RefuSHE will jointly launch Konexio’s Digital Inclusion Program in Nairobi, Kenya as successful applicants to the Google Impact Challenge for Women and Girls 2021! The competition received over 8000 applications from around the world, the most for any Google Impact Challenge to date. With the help of Vital Voices, Google.org selected 34 of the boldest and most innovative solutions, including Konexio’s digital freelancing program, to help create a more economically equitable world for women.
"It was essential that I learn to use a computer well", Saifoulaye, DigitAll learner
Saifoulaye was a business law student in his home country before he moved to France. Having difficulty mastering digital tools, and well-aware of their importance in a world that is becoming more and more digitalized, he decided to join the DigitAll training on a friend's recommendation. Today, Saifoulaye has achieved digital autonomy and now works at Amazon.
Webinar: "How to improve livelihoods and the labor market integration of refugees?"
Refugees are talented, resilient, and motivated. Yet, they are systematically left out of livelihood opportunities due to economic, legal, and structural barriers. Despite attempts at international standard setting, 70% of refugees live in countries with restricted rights to work. 66% live in countries with restricted freedoms of movement. 47% live in countries with restricted access to bank accounts.
"Thanks to DigiStart, I knew I could go on, that I was going to like it: I could make it my job," Mugilan, DigiStart learner
"Our goal is to train 200 people by the end of the year", Axel Guibert, development manager in Bordeaux
"We started from scratch and were taught how to teach ourselves" Asma, DigiStart learner