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“Teaching his native Arabic to students online has been a game changer for Syrian refugee Sami as he makes a fresh start in the UK. The Aleppo University engineering graduate says that working for an online language learning platform in London has helped him find his feet and motivation as he begins life anew. The tutors at the start-up firm Chatterbox are all refugees and their work helps them to integrate and adapt to their new surroundings.”
“In the Pope Benedict Hall, surrounded by religious art and artefacts… entrepreneurs gathered on December 4th to tell similarly dramatic stories to investors, philanthropists and religious leaders, including Cardinal Peter Turkson (pictured) from Ghana, who is the Vatican’s point-man on development and who acted as patron of the event. The companies presenting (both early-stage and mature businesses) spanned education, health, personal grooming and financial services. Chatterbox offers language lessons by refugees.”
“Kabul-born Mursal Hedayat, 27, knows first hand the struggles of being a refugee and finding steady employment can be one of the hardest parts of integration. Recognizing that global language services is an over $40 billion dollar industry, she launched Chatterbox, an online language school that trains and employs refugees as teachers. Chatterbox has received backing from Bethnal Green Ventures and Nesta, while Hedayat herself has been named as an Emerging Innovator by Ashoka.”
“The ingenious website connects the problem of underutilised refugee talent with the demand for their often unparalleled language skills. Through its website you can find online and in-person language tutoring and courses delivered by native speakers, from £20 a lesson. If you were looking for evidence that the internet is still kind of amazing, I think this might be it.”
"Chatterbox… recruits, trains and supports talented individuals who are refugees through a website to find work as language tutors. Refugees, who are dispersed across the UK, are linked up with individuals and organisations – often based somewhere else – which require those language skills."
“The overall winner in the competition was Chatterbox, an online language school powered by refugees. This web platform harnesses the wasted talent of unemployed professionals who are refugees, offering them work as online and in-person language tutors. Based in the UK, where there is a language skills shortage estimated to cost the economy £48bn every year, Chatterbox has now signed up several UK universities and major non-profits and corporations to use its services.“
"It's an amazing thing to be able to teach your language to other people because it will help them understand you more," the 30-year-old said after the language class organized by UK social enterprise Chatterbox at [SOAS] University of London. “Today I had students from Taiwan, England and Germany. You meet people from everywhere and I love that."
"Refugees are often forced to start with nothing when they arrive in a new country. In the UK, a social enterprise is helping professionals to rebuild their lives by sharing their skills."
"Business-minded people will want to speak the languages of the markets of the future, says Hedayat. “These are Arabic speaking countries, Hindi and Urdu, there is Chinese, Korean, and very soon with Africa blossoming it is going to be languages like Lingala, Swahili. So we offer the languages of the future.”"
"Árabe, suajili, kurdo, turco, bengalí, coreano... Decenas de refugiados con estudios universitarios ofrecen clases de sus idiomas nativos en la Universidad de Londres, gracias a una novedosa iniciativa ideada por una joven cuya familia llegó huyendo de Afganistán."