#Australia: Migrants Trained in Computer Reconstruction


It is at the State Library of Queensland in Australia that young migrants have acquired technical skills.

Today, they are racing to rebuild a computer. A program set up by the institution to take advantage of electronic waste, making the most of a stack of old government computers for landfill.

“They take ownership of this computer. When they dismount it, they also clean it, they learn how to connect everything and replace parts. And at the end of the program, they have the opportunity to bring those computers home, “says program manager Michelle Brown.

Young migrants learn digital and technical skills in this course designed to increase their employability and self-confidence.

The workshop is led by one of the original trainees, Tamenya Gonzaga, who left Uganda to settle in Australia.

“I’m an immigrant myself and I know what they live, I know where they went and I know their stories,” he says.

Many students come from countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, Kenya and Rwanda.

To date, approximately 100 students have taken the program and learned to master the workings of computer hardware, software and operating systems.

“We would really like this to be extended to all of Queensland and Australia, as well as to organizations like TAFE or even schools,” said Lisa Siganto, Siganto Foundation for the Family.

In the meantime, the library hopes to involve more women.



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