05 Apr Google Partners With NetHope to Provide Chromebooks for Refugee Programs
ssimilate, find educational resources, and achieve economic stability.
Google Chromebooks are well known for their large-scale manageability, which has helped the devices gain popularity in schools. Now, Google is hoping the Chromebook’s ease of use will speed up the process of assimilating Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Germany. Google.org is working with NetHope on Project Reconnect, a grant program that awards up to 5,000 Chromebooks to German nonprofit organizations for refugee relief programs.
As refugees and asylum seekers flood into Germany, they are faced with the challenges of quickly adapting to a new home and culture. Families need assistance learning the German language and dialects, finding new sources of income and obtaining affordable health care. Without adequate preparation, relief organizations can easily become overwhelmed by a rapid influx of refugees.
The goal of Project Reconnect is to provide access to valuable resources that can help refugees rebuild their lives. As part of the application process, each nonprofit submits a project proposal describing the social impact of equipping refugees with digital technology. For example, NetHope recommends using the Chromebooks to create language learning centers in schools, youth programs, counseling centers and transitional housing. Another suggestion is to provide Internet hubs where refugees can contact friends and family.
Managed Chromebooks are easy to deploy for individual use or kiosks, and their Internet-based operating system makes the devices practical for hosting a wide range of educational apps or websites. Managed Chromebooks can also be set to a restricted mode that displays limited content, so nonprofits can effortlessly organize training modules or information portals.
The program gives preference to nonprofits with the organizational strength to support a large deployment, and of course, a stable wireless network infrastructure is critical. Yet, Google hopes the Chromebooks can help nonprofits amplify their reach at minimal cost. These secure, low-maintenance computers are deployable without a significant investment in new equipment, staff, or IT support, providing the affordability nonprofit organizations need.
Chromebooks are also designed for simple configuration and remote management, providing an efficient solution for organizations that need to distribute computers to multiple locations within a short timeline.
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