BERLIN / REFUGEE WOMEN

25-Apr-2018 00:03:23
Free coding and digital courses at the ReDI School for Digital Integration equips refugee women in Germany with computer skills to help them join a growing network of women working in technology. UNHCR
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TITLE: BERLIN / REFUGEE WOMEN
TRT: 02:36
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTION: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / GERMAN / NATS

DATELINE: 14 APRIL 2018, BERLIN, GERMANY
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1. Various shots, refugee women listen to a tech teacher in the classroom
2. Various shots, refugee women talking to teacher
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Edlira Kasak, Director, ReDI Women’s Program:
“So we decided to look into that problem and see what we could do to offer more opportunities for women to participate in this opportunity to get technology skills.”
4. Various shots, teacher helping refugee women
5. Wide shot, Syrian refugee, Anan Jakich walking
6. Wide shot, Anan talking with teachers
7. Various shots, Anan at computer
8. SOUNDBITE (German) Anan Jakich, Syrian Refugee:
“We would like to play an active role and be well integrated in this new society. I don’t want to just sit around at home but rather do something, do something good. Study, work, always think positively.”
9. Various shots, refugee women in class
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Rita Butman, ReDI Volunteer Teacher:
“ReDI school made a very big difference in my life since I came here to Germany. I’ve always wanted to give them something back.”
11. Various shots, Rita with Anan
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Rita Butman, ReDI Volunteer Teacher:
“Through ReDi I got the work in Cisco. So, one month before Cisco I was doing dishes, and now I’m at Cisco! ...in the biggest company.”
13. Various shots, refugee women in class
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Edlira Kasak, Director, ReDI Women’s Program:
“We think that the refugee challenge for Europe, actually is also an opportunity because we have these amazing people who come here and bring skills, experiences. These people are the future of their countries and they can actually be an opportunity for Europe and Germany to fill the 50,000 free IT jobs and help this economy go further.”
15. Various shots, refugee women in class
STORYLINE
The digital revolution also begins here with a gathering of refugee women in a classroom in Berlin.

ReDI School for Digital Integration offers coding and tech classes for refugees leading to jobs, internships and higher degrees for many alumni.

But the success of its program hid a problem.

Only 10% of its students were women.

SOUNDBITE (English) Edlira Kasak, Director, ReDI Women’s Program:
“So we decided to look into that problem and see what we could do to offer more opportunities for women to participate in this opportunity to get technology skills.”

The Digital Women Program, in its first year, includes 80 students from beginners who are learning the basics of digital literacy to professionals like Anan.

A civil engineer, she had her own company in Syria.

Now she is trying to rebuild a career in a new language and culture

SOUNDBITE (German) Anan Jakich, Syrian Refugee:
“We would like to play an active role and be well integrated in this new society. I don’t want to just sit around at home but rather do something, do something good. Study, work, always think positively.”

Rita is a ReDI student alumina who is now teaching here.

She was a telecom engineer in Syria, but struggled after arriving last year until she discovered a ReDi class sponsored by Cisco.

SOUNDBITE (English) Rita Butman, ReDI Volunteer Teacher:
“ReDI school made a very big difference in my life since I came here to Germany. I’ve always wanted to give them something back. Through ReDi I got the work in Cisco. So, one month before Cisco I was doing dishes, and now I’m at Cisco! ...in the biggest company.”

To welcome refugee women, the non-profit had to rethink its offer with varied courses from beginning to advanced, childcare, and flexible hours.

Investing in inclusiveness has benefits for all.

SOUNDBITE (English) Edlira Kasak, Director, ReDI Women’s Program:
“We think that the refugee challenge for Europe, actually is also an opportunity because we have these amazing people who come here and bring skills, experiences. These people are the future of their countries and they can actually be an opportunity for Europe and Germany to fill the 50,000 free IT jobs and help this economy go further.”

Smart training is a smart bet for refugees and Germans alike.
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