In 2018, more than 70 million people have been forced to flee their homes and become refugees due to geopolitical crises. In addition, the UN forecasts that 280 million people will become refugees by 2050 due to our climate crisis.
People living in refugee camps stay there for 17 years on average, but only 1% to 3% have access to higher education.
We created CHAMS, a startup NGO, to bring tech education and employment to refugee host zones.
You can help us to build a better world!
> OUR VISION:
Shape a world where local communities and refugees work together to create sustainable economic growth in host countries
> OUR MISSION:
Create highly employable tech talent and inspired entrepreneurs in refugee areas through innovative tech education
> WE BELIEVE TECH EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP CAN CREATE BRIDGES FOR REFUGEES TOWARD INTEGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP.
ZAATARI CAMP, MAFRAQ, JORDAN
CHAMS is a non-profit startup that builds and operates coding schools and entrepreneurship bootcamps, in and near refugee camps. We partner with local and international stakeholders in refugee host countries.
We design innovative peer-to-peer tech education solutions to train highly employable tech talent in cohorts of 30 to 300 students.
We have launched our initial phase in Jordan and Kenya.
Our ambition is to train 10,000 students by 2025, in these and other refugee host countries.
CHAMS is an initiative from two bold French entrepreneurs.
> IN JULY 2019, WE OPENED OUR FIRST SCHOOL IN MAFRAQ, JORDAN, NEAR THE ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP
COHORT N°1 ZAATARI SCHOOL, MAFRAQ, JORDAN
In partnership with the UNHCR, JOHUD, Al al-Bayt and Simplon, we opened our first school in Mafraq, near the largest refugee camp in the Middle East: Zaatari Refugee Camp.
We commit to mixing people from underserved local communities and refugees in our training programs, to foster a creative community of bold young men and women who want to be a force for positive change in their communities. The first cohort is 50/50 Jordanians and Syrian refugees, and 50/50 men/women.
We're currently training them to be full-stack junior web developers. At the end of the initial curriculum, they'll intern with startups and partner companies, either locally or remotely. Then, they'll be ready to enter the job market!
ZAATARI CAMP UNCHR, MAFRAQ, JORDAN
> WE WILL OPEN
IN 5 YEARS
We want CHAMS to be the "Doctors Without Borders" of tech education, and train thousands of talented young people to become the rising stars of the global tech community!
THE MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA, TURKEY, GREECE, ITALY
> NEWS <
Yet another busy day in #Amman to develop our schools' employment ecosystem ✌️💥🇯🇴🚀 An inspiring meeting with our beloved partner Johud الصندوق الأردني الهاشمي للتنمية البشرية to scale Chams' schools widely in the Kingdom of Jordan 🚀🙌 !! A great meeting with Orange Jordan to envision a large collaboration between OrangeAcademy and Chams ;) and specific content collaboration with the cool guys of dot.jo !!
Chams is in Amman to develop the employability network for our students ... things are moving forward very fast 🚀 hopefully we will be able to propose to the whole 1st cohort in startups, local and international companies intern positions after March 2020. We also began discussions to open a biggest school here in Amman for both refugees and underserved local communities. Stay tuned !!
AT ZAATARI CAMP
Meeting the great team of the UN Refugee Agency in Zaatari Camp, Jordan, to follow up the beginning of the first Chams coding school✌️🙏 It's always inspiring to meet the big boss of Zaatari Camp Irene Omondi and her great team Dr Awad, Abdullah, all doing a crazy work on the ground here 🙌
We are very proud of the fantastic ground work made by our local team Bashar Abdul Qaiyume and Hala Y.Obeidat 🙏👏and all our partners. ...
08/01/20 : ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, A THREAT ON CULTURAL DIVERSITY?
As AI is reshaping millions of jobs in the 21th century, and is increasingly integrated into our society, many voices raise to bring gender, color, diversity into AI research and applications. It becomes well known how historical biases and power imbalances are perpetuated in AI. Minorities and the whole non-white non-male world could suffer from AI based apps and services developed by an exclusive small community of western (mostly US) white males.
> THE TEAM <
FOUNDER OF CHAMS
LEAD TEACHER (AMMAN)
HALA Y. OBEIDAT
SOFT SKILLS EXPERT
> THE AMBASSADORS <
ENTREPRENEUR & VISITING EXECUTIVE AT HARVARD SCHOOL
GENERAL PARTNER AT PARTECH
CEO AT KENNA SECURITY
CO PRESIDENT AVOLTA PARTNERS
THE FAMILY FOUNDER
COO QUEEN ALIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
AUDIENCE MARKETING MANAGER AT THECAMP
NAJAT VALLAUD BELKACEM
FORMER FRENCH EDUCATION MINISTER AND GENERAL MANAGER AT IPSOS