Integration of refugees through digital technologies with Konexio

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The Foundation's June 2019 call for projects paid particular attention to integration and education projects through digital access or entrepreneurship. Within this scope, here is a portrait of Konexio, an organization that trains refugees with digital skills, founded by Jean Guo and Binta Jammeh.

A project to address key societal issues: integration and equal opportunities

Konexio’s founders met as part of the Fulbright Fellowship Program to discuss their desire to take action on issues of inclusion and access to employment. "In the academic world, we have a global, very intellectual impact. It was important for me to have an immediate impact,” says Jean. From 2016, the first digital training workshops for non-french speaking people took place and laid the foundation for the association.

At a European level, 90% of jobs require a minimum level of digital skills. It’s an economic reality.

Jean Guo, co-founder of Konexio 

Digital skills - vital tools in the 21st century

Today, everyone uses digital technologies in one way or another,” observes Jean. “At a European level, 90% of jobs require a minimum level of digital skills. It’s an economic reality.” To face up to this reality, Konexio is therefore providing a digital programme which aims to train learners in the basics of digital technologies and help them become autonomous. Through practical case studies, they learn the importance of these skills, in particular for online pubic services.

Then, the next level is about finding a job,” explains Jean. “We have a lot of young people who come to us and say ‘I know how to use social networks.' But it’s important to be able to communicate with employers, to be able to speak to different types of audience.” Konexio thus involves its corporate partners in the programme through coaching or mentoring modules. The Societe Generale Foundation, which supports the programme, invites its employees at the bank to get involved in this way.

The programme, which culminates in the award of a European Computer Driving Licence, which certifies proficiency in digital skills, is provided with the support of a network of partner organisations such as Aurore and Groupe SOS. Today, 70% of learners have been able to access training, a job, or have set up their own business.