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Unlocking the Potential of Refugees | Simon Marti | TEDxHochschuleLuzern
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Simon Marti studied business and economics at the University of Zurich and St Gallen, but wasn’t sure what he wanted to do. It was only during his civil service in a refugee center did he find something meaningful that he wished to pursue as employment. Simon began developing his idea of having refugees collect laptops for recycling, and of training those same refugees in computer skills. He knew he had found a winning solution where he could take responsibility, learn new skills, and be creative.

When Si­mon fin­ished uni­ver­sity, he could not find any­thing he was truly in­ter­ested in. He needed to find his own path. In a flash of sheer in­spi­ra­tion, he founded the project «Ac­tive Asyl». Us­ing re­cy­cled lap­tops, Ac­tive Asyl or­ga­nizes on­line courses for refugees. By pro­vid­ing refugees with the right tools, Ac­tive Asyl em­pow­ers refugees and cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties for them. Si­mon be­lieves in the refugees’ enor­mous po­ten­tial and wants to take his first step to­wards chang­ing the world.

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