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Daryna, from war-torn Doneszk, Ukraine, joined Grenzenlos Digital e.V.‘s online course “Intro” to prepare for a new life in Germany. Despite being unemployed and facing the challenges of the war, she was highly dedicated to learning and attended all the sessions, completing tasks and quizzes with perfection.
Daryna’s newfound skills and determination will help her secure a job well-suited to her strengths and interests and will enable her to build a new and fulfilling life in Germany.
 

Zofia is 62 years old and from Poland. When she started the Digital Literacy Program at ReDI School of Digital Integration Denmark, she did not have a job but wanted to improve her computer skills to enhance her CV. Zofia was one of the most active students during the course and always had a positive attitude. She had a great ability to bring together students of different nationalities and create a strong sense of community in the class. In the end, Zofia received a job offer. In fact, she received two job offers at the same time and chose the one that suited her best. 

Mohamed learned about the Intro course in one of Grenzenlos Digital e.V.’s recruiting events in Hamburg. After completing the Intro online course, he secured a job through an online job platform. In fact, he was so grateful for what he learned that he even offered to support the project and recorded a video testimonial on how the course helped him. He became an Intro ambassador, spreading the word about it in his community.

Markéta is a Czech woman who, during the pandemic, realised she needed to upskill her digital skills. Through the Digital Shift online program, she deepened her knowledge and gained new digital insights that supported her work and made her feel more confident. 

She is currently searching for a new job online for the first time and is excited to continue her learning journey. She now believes learning new digital skills will help her in all aspects of her life! 

Seka travelled from Pohizra, Ivory Coast, to Belgium in search of a better life for his family. Despite facing challenges in finding a stable home, he remained committed to his personal growth. He started by learning French in Le Monde des Possibles and later joined the DigiLab program for basic digital skills training.

Even when facing great difficulties, Seka’s dedication never wavered, attending DigiLab’s sessions every morning. His pursuit of knowledge and skills brought him happiness and a sense of belonging within Le Monde des Possibles’ community. 

After successfully graduating from the Digital Literacy Program course, Iris was hoping to be able to find a job. She had never been to a Job Fair before. Therefore, she did not feel confident to join the ReDI Fair at first. After onboarding and receiving individual support from the team, she was able to create a profile in the Talent Pool and decided to join the Fair.

She was delighted after speaking to six companies and receiving positive feedback about her German language and her teaching skills. Last March she started an internship as an Office Manager and a new course to continue her digital studies.

Louise works in a sheltered employment centre in The Netherlands. After being trained on basic digital skills in the workspace through the Digital Upskilling 4 Work program, she has gained skills that will help her to successfully complete her tasks not only in her current employment but in upcoming ones. She gained confidence in herself and wants to communicate to her other colleagues the importance of acquiring digital skills so that they can also benefit from this upskilling process.  
Luciana arrived in the Czech Republic with her son without knowing much about computers and phones. Even though she had some basics, she wanted to learn more to find suitable remote work. 
After taking the Digital Shift online course, GUG’s program that targets single parents to teach them basic digital skills, she felt as if she had discovered a new world. She was surprised at how much more she could achieve with the newly acquired skills and digital knowledge, and wants to keep working on her digital skills. 
 
Sarika, from India, started at ReDI School of Digital Integration DK its beginners’ training “Computer for Job” in March 2022. When Sarika began, she did not know how to turn on a laptop. During the celebration of the course’s ending, she shared with the group that she got a new job without any external help taking care of the menu and ordering food in a nursing home. She now uses all her newly acquired skills in it! 
Nadia lived in Salé, Morocco. She arrived in Belgium in 2020 and requested to Le Monde des Possibles French lessons. She was one of the first to ask for the DigiLab program as soon as it was launched. She wanted to apply for waitress jobs but did not have any digital skills or a resume. Nowadays, a waitress needs to understand basic IT to do their daily tasks. After she finished DigiLab, she was very happy to be able to present herself through her first resume.
Julian asked our partner Grenzenlos Digital e.V. if he could participate in their Intro course even though he did not understand German well. He attended a German course at that time and was so keen on learning that they told him he could just try it and see if it worked for him. Not only did he have a language barrier, but he also could just take part in the training with his smartphone. But Julian was so committed that, after having some trouble using the learning platform, watched the input videos and the screencasts and even did most of the quizzes and tasks. He ended up completing the entire course!