Corporate Responsibility

Educational project for refugees

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Deutsche Telekom is supporting NetHope's "Project Reconnect." The aim of this educational project is to provide refugees with access to online courses and educational information.

NetHope helps non-profit organizations in Germany to make it easier for refugees to have online access to educational resources and content. This includes, for example, learning German or having access to courses and job postings. "Project Reconnect" was presented recently at an event held in Berlin-Wilmersdorf.

WiFi access for non-profit organizations
Deutsche Telekom is supporting "Project Reconnect" to provide non-profit organizations with WiFi access. Thanks to a donation, Google is providing NetHope with 25,000 Chromebooks which will be made available to refugee initiatives. The Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (Workers' Samaritan Federation) also intends to set up computer rooms in other refugee shelters. "None of the parties involved could manage such a project alone, but we can achieve it together," says Gabriele Kotulla, Vice President Corporate Responsibility at Deutsche Telekom. "Equipping the initial reception center for refugees in Wilmersdorf with WiFi and, in particular, starting up the computer room here in the former town hall are the first step. After all, education and language are key requirements for successful integration," Kotulla goes on to say.

"Project Reconnect" support measure
With the aid project, NetHope is now launching a request for proposals aimed at non-profit organizations involved in helping refugees. Applications for provision of Chromebooks can be submitted at

What are Chromebooks?
Chromebooks are web-based notebooks that run on the Chrome OS operating system. They are ideal to use for course content since they can be managed centrally by an administrator.