Thank you for stopping by today. In this short article, you will learn about A-classes, the idea behind the project and why we are so passionate about it. If you are ready, then let’s get started.
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“What is A-classes?”
The project that led to A-classes eLearning platform started in 2013 up till 2018. In the course of the research project, we came up with couple of video documentaries which we screened in different parts of northern Italy, and two books (The Journey – Africans in Verona and The Colour of our Children). To know more about the project, you can request a copy of either of these books, available both in Italian and in English.
Going to explain every detail of the more than five years research project to you in this short article will be a little challenging. If you are interested in the project, you can enrol in the free online class where you will hear directly from the protagonists themselves as they explain their own situations.
As for how this 5 years research project was transformed into an eLearning platform, it will be important to spend some time about that.
Moving from Verona to Vicenza and to Padova on countless number of times, and listening to different immigrant stories, some of which were purely heartbroken, it was more than challenging sometimes. Especially when you realized that you cannot really provide the solution to their problems after listing to them.
At a point however, there was something that continued to encourage us along the way: they were these women, the young people we met again and again during our interviews – people who are able to make meaningful contributions to the community and the country in general. Some of them have studied in their home countries or had some business experiences before leaving, but they had never done anything upon their arrival in Italy, all because of the complex immigration situation in country.
Day after day, you could see them, simply submerged in the problems of everyday life and waiting to grow old, as if their world had come to an end…
In light of the above situation, we reasoned that there must be a solution other than the endless complains and the partial state of helplessness in the communities. This is when and why we decided to shift our focus from studying the problems, to finding an appropriate solution.
Also because, after all these years with the people, we could somehow understand that all they really needed was a little push, a good training and orientation and they will be able to make reasonable meaning out of their lives, and able to contribute to the society they live in.
Having carried out our due research, we are fully convinced that the best answer to the problem is “A-classes”, an eLearning platform through which the people can be retrained and orientated towards self-improvement. A kind of conscious awakening, where the people can realise that the solution to their problem can be found within themselves, if only they can improve on their personal and professional abilities, just a little bit. This will be more profitable to them rather than waiting for the state or some kind of assistance form who knows where.
This is what we are talking about. We believe that together with you and all those who truly care about the more than 258 million migrants in the world, we are able to stimulate creativity in many of these unemployed or semi-employed people and help them to upgrade their skills for better jobs or create self-sustaining businesses for themselves.
The following are only some of the knowledge people can gain in A-classes as tools of the new age, to help them profit in the 21st century economy:
- how to use computers and find the needed information to help themselves,
- how to tell their own stories and enrich the world with it,
- how to set up a website for their businesses and connect with more people,
- how to do email marketing and build a long list of customers,
- how to build an e-commerce businesses and become their own bosses,
- how to become virtual assistant and benefit for their inborn talents,
- how to develop business ideas and many more.
Our resources, or the problem we are trying to transform into resources, are the thousands of unemployed migrant women and young people roaming the streets of Italy and beyond, without any clear focus. Many of them can easily be assisted through this eLearning project.
All they need to participate in the training is simply to connect with their computer, iPad or even telephones and they all have at least one of these devices. And they can access the classes from anywhere and anytime.
As a team, we are not just passionate about the project. We strongly believe in the infinite possibilities in the migrant community, whether you are in France, UK or Germany, and we want to use A-classes as our own opportunity to serve the people. This is what A-classes is about.
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Obehi Ewanfoh – Writer and online instructor to help migrants improve themselves.