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January 25, 2016

Google donates $5.3 million to support refugees

by John_A

Chromebooks

Working as part of NetHope’s Project Reconnect scheme, Google has donated $5.3 million in Chromebooks to educate refugees based in Germany.

Speaking more about the project, Jacqueline Fuller, Director of Google.org, said that Google hopes to offer support to refugees that need an education.

Fuller explained that once refugees have found shelter, food and care, the next logical step is to learn local languages and gain skills that’ll help them survive in a new country against new challenges.

She said:

“Today, we’re making a $5.3 million Google.org grant to support the launch of Project Reconnect, a program by NetHope to equip nonprofits working with refugees in Germany with Chromebooks, in order to facilitate easier access to education.”

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Chromebooks have proven to be a good tool for learning purposes in the past, easily configured to run education apps or language-learning software.

Google says that the Chromebook’s strengths make the product a vital piece of equipment for nonprofit organizations, mentioning that the computers are automatically kept up to date with new features and virus protection.

The Google.org Director added:

“[Chromebooks] can run an educational game for children, a language course for younger adults or even feature information about the asylum application process on a pre-installed homepage.”

From today, nonprofits can apply to join the movement via the Project Reconnect website, where each organization can put its name down for a grant that offers 5,000 Chromebooks. The computers are scheduled to arrive at the start of March.

Earlier this month, the Google for Education team posted a letter today to their “Friends and Family” claiming that customers are activating an average of 30,000 Chromebooks every school day.

Source: Google Blog

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