Fighting exclusion through education and culture
Helping parents to better help children: that’s the guiding principle of the Mosaique9 association, which we support. We met with Fanantenandrainy Ratsimbazafy, a management controller with the Group who has been a member of the association for several years.
Could you tell us a little about yourself?
I joined Orange in February 1988, on the technical side. I worked on satellite launches, to make all regions accessible for phone lines, TV, etc. I remember a great trip to Madagascar in 1995, where I worked with a team to install 10 antennae in the country’s biggest cities. I decided to go back to school at Sciences Po Paris in 1995, because I wanted to gain a better understanding of economics. I wanted to move over to the business side, so I became a management controller in 2012. Now I’d like to move back to a more technical role (development, coding, etc.), particularly in IT systems.
I am deeply committed to personal relationships. For me, the really important thing is making sure that all of my contacts are satisfied. Unfortunately, the urgent issues that inevitably arise sometimes mean I have to be a bit more distant, which I really regret. I sometimes tend to forget about myself.
Does getting involved come naturally to you?
Back in 2012, I got financing to build a well for drinking water in Madagascar. The Foundation later went on to build a school in Manjakatompo village (province of Antananarivo, capital of Madagascar) with the Fivoarana Development Network.
I’m still very active at Sciences Po, where I organize a happy hour for the Finance and Corporate alumni groups on the second Thursday of the month to help everyone stay in touch. I’m also involved in the Ethics group at Science Po, where we host leading humanitarians. That’s very important to me.
I’m also a judge with ENACTUS (e.g. Student In Free Enterprise), an organisation which recognises students for community-focused projects that help people break free of their difficulties in a sustainable manner. Its objective is to give future world leaders the keys as early as possible. It’s really refreshing to see these young people who are ready to change the world, so much so that even I find my enthusiasm and my faith reborn.
We support Mosaique9 through you. It’s going to receive a donation. What role to you play in the organisation?
Mosaique9, which was founded in 2006, is based in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, and targets members of the local immigrant community who struggle with administrative procedures. We are supporting 68 families and 50 individuals to help them integrate. We have 58 volunteer teachers who give classes on French, literacy, basic internet use, and preparation for the French as a Foreign Language (FLE) certificate test.
In addition to administrative procedures, social ties and a culture of citizenship are key to successful integration. So we also run women’s discussion groups and offer visits to museums and tourist sites across France to help them discover French culture, history and geography.
Our greatest success is the fact that out of the hundred children registered, forty earn their French as a Foreign Language certificate each year.
Last year, the Orange Foundation made a donation to our project "Inclusion: laying the foundations for successful integration." This year, we received support for the project "We can act," which aims to train and support parents who want to be actively involved in their children’s educations and other aspects of neighbourhood and city life.