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Digital skills resources for refugees

These free training and curriculum resources were created to help humanitarian organizations deliver training that will help refugees gain digital literacy and computer science skills.

To find out more about how to begin using these resources, view the Microsoft Resources for Refugees: Case Studies and How to Get Started webinar, and download Digital Skills resources for refugees: A get started guide.

Develop a fundamental understanding of technology

Digital literacy

The digital literacy curriculum features five courses that cover computer basics: using the internet and productivity programs, security and privacy, and digital lifestyles. Learners who complete the courses will have the essential skills to begin computing with confidence, be more productive, and stay safe online.

  • Content available for use both online and offline
  • Certificate available
  • Suitable for ages 8+
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Microsoft Office training center

The Microsoft Office training center offers online video tutorials so learners can progress at their own pace. Find training and tutorials for Microsoft Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, and OneDrive to help learners improve their productivity skills.

  • Content available online
  • Suitable for ages 14+
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Digital art workshop

In this two-hour workshop, learners create and share digital art using the Fresh Paint app for Windows 10. They’ll explore basics such as using lifelike oils and watercolors, pastels, and more advanced skills including mixing paint and layering media to create unique pieces of art.

  • Content available for use both online and offline
  • Suitable for ages 8+
  • Certificate available
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Learn the fundamentals of computer science

CS Unplugged

In a society continually transformed by technology, the problem-solving and critical-thinking skills gained through computer science education provide essential tools to innovate, pursue in-demand jobs, and understand the world.

  • Content available for use both online and offline
  • Suitable for ages 4+
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CS fundamentals unplugged

Code.org has compiled a list of all unplugged lessons to help teach the fundamentals of computer science with or without a computer. Each activity can be used alone or with other computer science lessons on related concepts.

  • Content available for use both online and offline
  • Suitable for ages 4+
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Code and create workshop

This two-hour coding workshop introduces computer programming using Collage Me. Learners will explore the introductory building blocks of coding including pixels, sprites, and coding functions to create a personalized game board (collage) that they can share.

  • Content available for use both online and offline
  • Suitable for ages 8+
  • Certificate available
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Continue learning with introductory online computer science courses

Hour of Code

Learners can explore and learn computer science concepts by trying an Hour of Code. A broad range of coding tutorials can be found at Code.org.

  • Suitable for ages 4+
  • Certificate available
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Code Studio

Code Studio from Code.org offers over 20 hours in online content to learn computer science.

  • Content available for use both online and offline
  • Suitable for ages 4+
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Resources for employment and entrepreneurship skills

Ta3mal

Ta3mal provides career guidance, skills assessments, and hundreds of online courses to build participant’s skills and match them with the available jobs.

  • Content available online
  • Suitable for ages 18+
  • Certificates available
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Employability toolkit

The employability toolkit covers the following topics: writing resumes and cover letters, preparing for interviews, negotiating job offers, and starting a new job.

  • Content available offline
  • Suitable for ages 18+
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Build your business

The International Youth Foundation and its partners Microsoft, Manpower, Enablis, and University of Stellenbosch developed this course to introduce participants to the basic ideas, actions, and skills needed to successfully launch, lead, and grow a micro or small business.

  • Content available online
  • Suitable for ages 18+
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Get connected to vital information

The International Rescue Committee (IRC), in partnership with Google and Mercy Corps, and with support from Microsoft, launched the refugee.info app and website to provide up-to-date location-specific information to refugees arriving in Europe.

Download the Refugee.Info app