My name is Ammar, it means „alive“ and this is how I feel! Everyday, I am thankful to live a safe and peaceful life, one where I am able to chase my dreams, learn, work hard and be educated. I am 27-years-old and I have been studying Computer Sciences with Kiron for almost two years now. Next to my studies with Kiron I work at the Bertelsmann Foundation, doing a vocational training in informatics. Sometimes I feel like I am living a second life. I used to study Business in Damascus and had my own repair shop before my whole life was turned upside down. In the cold winter of 2012, I had to leave my home. My journey, though I didn’t know it at the time, would eventually lead me to this new life I proudly call mine. Before arriving in Germany in 2015, I was in Egypt for three years, where I worked as an accountant in Kairo. I couldn’t afford university in Kairo but was determined to studying again, so I took another chance by leaving for Germany! I had always been passionate about informatics. For me, it is all about solving problems and making people smile. Whenever people had problems with their computers, I was always the first to help and when the problem was solved, I carried their smiles home with me. It always brought me so much joy to be able to help others and to be this informatic hero who solves problems. I am interested in hard- and software, and how everything functions together as one big magic network. When I was 16-years-old, I placed an advert in a small paper in Damascus, offering support for people with IT problems. So many people needed my help, so I started helping everyone I knew. I remember my first client. It was a wise 80-year-old Syrian man who needed help installing his Office program. For me it was just a few clicks, but for him it meant the world. He had such a big smile on his face and payed me with a lot of chocolate – I will never forget this day. It was in this moment that I realized the magic of informatics and it’s power of making people smile. It was because of this man, and countless others like him, that I opened my repair shop in Damascus back in the day, and why I study Computer Science with Kiron and work in IT at Bertelsmann now. I am on the never-ending journey of discovering the mystery logic of the tech world, and I love it.
I found out about Kiron through my language school in Bielefeld.
Also, the German courses through the Kiron Language School really helped me improve my language skills. Language has been one of the greatest obstacles for me since my arrival in Germany. I
In other cities, I often feel like a foreigner. I respect that everyone has their own opinion and the right to feel, think and say whatever they want. However, as a refugee, I always wanted to show that not all foreigners are bad. We foreigners and refugees are just like the Germans and everyone else in the world, there are good and bad people. We are hardworking, we pay taxes, we work and help the elderly. Germany needs our support just as much as we need it, and when the time comes, we will be there. Germans are smart, and for those who do not already, they will see that after all, we are all humans and we are all the same. Just like the Grundgesetz says: Die Würde des Menschen ist
Getting to know new things and learning truly is a passion I could not live as happily without. Through my Kiron Computer Science courses, I learned to juggle Java as well as other programming tricks, all of which has been great! But I wanted to study at a real university again, so I was happy to transfer to the University of Bielefeld to study Mathematics. Before I knew it, a nice professor at the university offered to help me get an internship with Bertelsmann. Again, I felt so lucky. I became part of a big project for two months and I was very surprised to see how much I was allowed to do by myself. Here I was, just a small intern in charge of my own big projects. At first, I had been afraid that my German would not be good enough and that I would be thought of as the Ausländer. But everyone was so friendly and I was welcomed with open arms. Hence, I lost my fear and felt safe. Then they offered me the opportunity to start a vocational training and I could not believe it! But I knew I could not handle my studies with Kiron, working at Bertelsmann and my classes at Bielefeld University all at the same time. So, I decided to focus on my work and my online studies. I believe in this decision and feel lucky to have such opportunities and decisions to make. It was during a funny situation at work that I realized I had truly arrived in Germany. When I was carefully separated my waste, a Turkish employee came up to me, laughed and said: “You are truly German!”. I do not think that I can call myself German yet, but I do feel at home and alive, just like my name “Ammar” has always promised me!
Interview by Flora Roenneberg // #Education4Integration campaign, sponsored by H&M Foundation