My life as a refugee used to consist almost entirely of food
Ali Ghorbani - Deputy Production Manager/Textile Practitioner
Learning with "Rosetta Stone" - Language learning programmeNon-profit association Association Equilibre
Refugees are trained at KoKoTé,
During the education days, German and mathematics are the main subjects learned. Since learning and practising the German language is central, each refugee receives a mentor during the internship.
At KoKoTé, the refugees receive 2 days of education and self-learning per week. Of these, 2 half-days are lessons in German, mathematics and general education, taught by the vocational school teacher Christine Blaser; 1 half-day involves self-learning under professional guidance with "Rosetta Stone". Their mentor accompanies them with homework. In addition, there are smaller or larger daily sequences in which German is learned at the workplace; these are mainly technical terms. To ensure that everyone understands each other, the colloquial language is German.
At KoKoTé, refugees can complete an internship, an intermediate year, a pre-apprenticeship, an EBA or an EFZ vocational training. At KoKoTé, 2 days of the week are devoted to education. Learning takes place in class, in conversation with the mentor, in self-study and with interactive tools on the internet.
Training and catch-up education
At KoKoTé, refugees who are older than 26 can complete an internship, an intermediate year, a pre-apprenticeship year or an EFZ or EBA vocational training. And there are many tailor-made variants for women.
When we see people emancipating themselves and gaining self-worth through education and work, we have succeeded in forging new partnerships for a shared future.
Ali Ghorbanis performance is exceptional. After only three years at school, the Afghan refugee has just completed his LAP at the top of his class, with a 5.5 in theory and a 6 in practice. Now he is permanently employed at KoKoTé as a deputy production manager.
Janine was born in Switzerland, but has spent most of her life in Portugal. She came to Switzerland for good 6 years ago and decided to do an apprenticeship as a textile technician. She is in her 2nd year of apprenticeship and a great support in our team.
Najiba is an emancipated, cheerful woman who came to Switzerland with her whole family five years ago. At the age of 52, she decided to seize the opportunity and train as a textile technician. She wants to live an independent life in Switzerland.
Especially for refugees who have little or no previous schooling, a work placement at KoKoTé is an ideal combination of work and education. They do manual work and receive appreciation for their practical skills.
The sustainable integration of older refugees through work and education is a process that takes several years. The investment is worthwhile because it is the most effective means for refugees to achieve a self-determined life beyond social welfare.