Gabriel believes coding transcends the language barrier, and hopes the workshops help young people build a future in Germany. “In my experience, refugees want to get a job and to integrate into society. These workshops are about helping them make that transition: we want to build young people’s confidence and ultimately help them find employment.”
The Barclays employees teach up to 20 young people at a time, with the lessons taking place in community spaces and local schools. It can be challenging as the students, who come from countries such as Syria, Somalia and Afghanistan, often have very little experience of education.
Gabriel says: “A lot of the children have never been taught before, so they lack many skills which we take for granted, such as the ability to concentrate and focus in class. Essentially, we have to teach them how to learn, before moving onto coding.”
Gabriel and Gunnar are passionate about the work they do with App Camps, and believe it wouldn’t be possible without the support they receive from Barclays.