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Tech for Good: Connecting Refugees

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Tech for Good: Connecting Refugees


Join us online for a find out about some of the ways that technology can assist refugees, with real examples from exciting projects happening in Ireland focused on the rights and needs of refugees to access technology, education and employment. You (or someone you know) might even be able to help!

Our first speaker is Charlotte Byrne from the Irish Refugee Council will talk about the barriers to education for refugees in Ireland and projects that are breaking down this digital divide.

Our second speaker Roos Demol will talk about how refugees need up-to-date technology to gain employment and she will explain the exciting new Windows 4 Opportunity campaign.

There will be some time for questions after both talks, and for people to say hello to each other. We do miss the fun of being together in person at events, but hope we can recreate a little bit of the friendly atmosphere online : )

More information about our speakers:

Charlotte joined the Irish Refugee Council in May 2015 as Education Officer. Her role involves supporting students into Post-Leaving Certificiate (PLC) and Third Level Education, and working with Universities and Colleges to introduce scholarships and achieve Sanctuary Status. Charlotte has a BSc in Social Science (Geography, Social Policy & Social Justice) and an MSc in Equality Studies from University College Dublin. Being a mature student herself she is passionate about the concept of life-long learning, you are never too old to start something new.

The Irish Refugee Council is the only National NGO providing dedicated support for access to Post Leaving Cert and Third Level Education in this sector with generous support of donors and funders including the Community Foundation for Ireland.

Charlotte will talk about the barriers to education for people seeking asylum in Ireland and the support the IRC can provide. She will also talk about Nethope Device Challenge – a challenge to get devices to people who needed them most – and the benefits that accrued for people living in Direct Provision around Ireland.
Video of Celebration to recognise the benefits of education

Roos Demol is the founder and CEO of International Community Dynamics and Recruit Refugees Ireland. She is a keen blogger and podcaster and has been working with refugees and asylum seekers on a voluntary basis since 2014. Her passion is helping people to use their skills, strengths and culture for empowerment; building bridges with the Irish society on the way. Currently, she is setting up the social Enterprise Recruit Refugees Ireland, a recruitment agency for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

"There is enormous potential among the residents of direct provision centres and refugees in Ireland, My heart breaks every time I hear of someone who is working far below the level that she or he is actually qualified for. I want to help employers to fulfil their CSR, by hiring employees from the local direct provision centres or refugees and migrants living here and I want to help these candidates to reach their full potential."

Recruit Refugees Ireland has joined forces with other charities and organisations to raise funds to buy laptops to help residents in direct provision centres get access to education during the pandemic, with the campaign 'Windows4Opportunity'.

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