Migration, Education

Code+Create - digital skills training


Who is behind this?

Despina Mitropoulou

GFOSS - Open Technologies Alliance



Who is joining forces?

Finn Church Aid



Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

The scope of the project is to provide free courses on digital skills to mixed classes of refugees and Greek youth.
To give refugee and Greek youth who are not in school or have limited access to other educational activities a solid foundation in digital/tech skills, and the starting tools for more advanced exploration in information technology.
To provide an inspiring learning environment for refugee and Greek youth to interact, learn and work together on digital projects.

Where will your idea take place?

2 cities in Greece (the project will run in collaboration with local municipalities)

Why does Europe need your idea?

Youth who learn digital skills become better architects of their futures and active participants instead of passive consumers in an increasingly data-filled world. This intervention supports intercultural competencies connecting refugees with their peers in host communities to enhance integration.

What is your impact?

Youth will be able to better visualize their potential and pursue future education and employment opportunities.
Greek and refugee youth have positive conceptions of people from other cultures, working and collaborating in a safe environment towards the same goals.

How do you get there?

We will set up two learning spaces equipped with tech tools such as Raspberry Pis, robots, 3D printers, projectors, and a laptop for participants to use. Courses will have a maximum of twenty students (half refugees, half Greek students). Every class is run by two instructors per session with the aid of a class facilitator. All instructional material is in English, openly licensed and available for free in an online learning management system (Moodle). Each course duration is 8 weeks.

What is your story?

The project has been successfully piloted last year it would be great if we could scale it up. We believe there is an emerging need for models that bring together local and refugee youth. While offering access to new skill sets, youth need more opportunities to interact and learn together.

Who are you doing it for?

The beneficiaries are youth (refugee and greek), between the age of 15-24 who are not eligible for a lot of government and NGO support.
The project aims for gender balance and prioritises those from low-income families.



Idea created on Jan. 19, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 19, 2018

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