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Refugee used online education to accelerate resettlement

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  • Theresa Ritzer, Project Reconnect
  • June 19, 2017
Online learning accelerates resettlement

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 are persecuted 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-month language course in Geretsried, a small community in Bavaria. After just 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.

Read the full story at the NetHope Blog.