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SPEAK Kaunas

Sprendimo kūrėjas: Hugo Menino Aguiar


Kur galima rasti sprendimą: https://www.speak.social/en/kaunas/

Kodėl?

There are over 272 million international migrants in the world and in Lithuania, this number has grown 50% in the last 2 years, reaching 87.3 thousand in 2021. There are several reasons for an individual to be forced to leave their home. But whether in search of a better life or due to urgency caused by conflict, the problem of integration arises in the challenges migrants and refugees face in their new destination. The language barrier, lack of friends and family and bureaucratic processes are one side of the coin, while ethnic and religious discrimination is the other. SPEAK fights against the social exclusion of migrants and refugees caused by social barriers, discrimination, and anti-migrant rhetoric.

Kaip?

SPEAK is a social tech startup from Portugal that connects migrants, refugees and locals in the same city through language and culture exchange experiences. SPEAK follows an Online2Offline (O2O) model - members sign up on our web platform (www.speak.social) or mobile app to learn or help others learn a language and the experience happens in groups that meet for 12 sessions of 90 minutes, either online or offline. Through our learning methodology locals and newcomers stand as equals and create informal support networks.

SPEAK platform has over 44,000 users from 197 different nationalities. Since 2014, SPEAK has organized over 3,250 language groups with a total of 60.000 hours of language and culture exchange.
SPEAK is a Global Network of 25 inclusive cities and SPEAK Kaunas has joined the network in 2020. Since then Kaunas team have organized 43 language groups and reached more than 350 users with 64 different nationalities.
(We are applying as SPEAK Kaunas team)

Kuo išskirtinis?

SPEAK is a community-based solution, offering a language and culture exchange program as a means to bring newcomers and locals together. SPEAK’s approach places migrants and refugees as bridge builders and ambassadors for cultural dialogue in their communities, empowering them to take action, as they are not only guests or receivers anymore; while also providing them with an informal support network upon their arrival, helping to break up the systemic vicious circle of isolation.

Our Online2Offline model makes for the most efficient use of resources and is geared toward growth because it uses technology to scale impact. Applications and payments take place online, while the learning and sharing experience can happen online or offline, in the real world.

Video nuoroda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgOeBudiOIs&t=1s&ab_channel=SPEAK

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