Nowadays, being online is synonymous with staying connected to society. It is where we find jobs, contact loved ones, get information & discover services. In our society, not having access to digital tools can become a factor of social exclusion. Refugees arriving in Luxembourg already face an array of challenges. Digital Inclusion ensures that access to the digital economy & society is not one of them.
Digital Inclusion: Tech, skills & autonomy for refugees and job seekers
Its original goal was to refurbish computers & give one to every refugee family. Having passed the 1,000-computer mark & with its intercultural team of 8 employees and many volunteers, Digital Inclusion is still going strong. The computers, laptops and smartphones are refurbished mainly by volunteers, many of them refugees themselves, who receive necessary support & training while at the same time getting in contact with volunteers from the local IT world. Computers are distributed to residents in need, to refugee camps and social projects. The initiative has been funded since 2016 by the Oeuvre Nationale Grande-Duchesse Charlotte as a mateneen project.
With additional funding from the Ministry of Labour and the European Social Fund, the initiative is expanding its digital skills trainings & catering to participants who speak foreign languages, such as Portuguese or Arabic. Digital Inclusion’s efforts put digital autonomy within reach of everyone living in Luxembourg. It was recognized as the 2018 National Winner at the Startup Europe Awards Luxembourg in the Social category.