John von Neumann Computer Society for and Migrants
II. ECDL for Migrants in
MIGHelp collaborates with ECDL (NJSZT)
1. Case abstract:
It is always challenging
for people arriving in a new country to adjust and settle down. Migrants are very
often exposed to new social and economic challenges such as finding a job.
International Data Corporation’s (IDC) report
issued in 2009 showed that an increasing number of jobs available in the future
will require well developed e-skills. It is therefore necessary for governments
to equip immigrants with such knowledge so that they can fully integrate
themselves into a new environment. In this way, ECDL Hungary and the Migrants
Help Hungary Association (MIGHELP) have recently signed an agreement that aims
to set up an ECDL test centre in the Camp for Refugees in
ECDL Hungary and MIGHELP believe that the benefits of the digital society should be available to all citizens regardless of their educational and social background. Thanks to this project, migrants will be able to adjust more quickly to their new surroundings and fully adapt within Hungarian society.
This project is in line with the numerous EU initiatives such as the European Commission’s ‘Communication on immigration, integration and employment’ (2003), ‘A Common Agenda for Integration - Framework for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals in the European Union’ (2005) and the Council of Europe’s conclusions on the strengthening of integration policies in the EU by promoting unity in diversity (2007). All these documents call on EU member states to promote inclusion and cultural diversity as well as empower newcomers to fully integrate into European society. In addition , this project supports the European Commission’s ‘Digital Agenda for Europe’, especially its provisions on ‘helping members of disadvantaged social groups to participate on a more equal footing in digital society’, addressing ‘their disadvantage through increased employability’ and promoting ‘effective ICT training and certification outside formal education systems, including the use of online tools and digital media for re-skilling and continuing professional development’ (p. 25).
2. Target group
The project specifically targets migrants who plan to settle down in
3. The way we implement and manage our initiative:
Hungary (NJSZT) in collaboration with the Migrants Help Association is now
setting up an
4. Track record of sharing:
similar project should be advised for other refugee camps within
5. Lessons learnt:
1. Digital Literacy should be available for everyone and it cannot be an exclusive right. It is especially useful for newcomers to a country since it helps them to settle down and find a decent job. Digital literacy also can assist in fully integrating into the Information Society.
2. ECDL certification is a very good tool to give refugees the necessary knowledge to increase their quality of life and to help them successfully integrate into society.
3. Good will and effective cooperation among stakeholders makes it is easier to help marginalized social groups such as immigrants settle down in a new country and adjust to a new environment.