Mohammed Maher Ibrahimi – 22 – Afghanistan
Mohammed is a mechanical engineer. He arrived in Belgium as a refugee from Afghanistan in October 2015, and started a French course the following year through the Online Linguistic Support (OLS) offered by Erasmus+. For Mohammed the benefits of learning a new language are clear: his French skills have enabled him to meet new people, join a volleyball team and find employment. He now has many Belgian friends and is learning a lot about Belgian culture. The OLS has opened many doors for Mohammed, not only in terms of developing his language skills, but also his self-confidence and interpersonal skills. He demonstrated this by taking part in a play showcased to school and university students about his experience as a refugee. Mohammed is now taking an active role in helping other refugees from Afghanistan access the same opportunities and develop the same skills as him. Erasmus+ will provide 100,000 opportunities to refugees by the end of 2018.