Our "digital schools" programme is expanding in Niger with the equipping of 30 schools.
A pilot programme
The pupils benefiting from the digital schools programme are delighted! After Tunisia, it’s Niger’s turn to welcome 30 digital schools across the country. 30 state schools each equipped with Raspberry servers connected to 50 tablets, giving the pupils access to teaching materials. This first, experimental phase involves pupils in the second and third years of primary school. They now have access to the official curriculum in Niger as well as the classes run by the Khan Academy, the Gutenberg library and Wikipedia. The teachers and ancillary staff are also trained to use these tools.
Progress already made
Even if it is still a little early to draw conclusions about the programme, the teachers have noticed a distinct improvement in the results of their classes, particularly in reading. Attracted by this new learning tool, the pupils are more motivated and very active during classes. As for the teachers, this new means of passing on knowledge makes it easier for them to present lessons with pictures projected onto the blackboard.
Four other countries shortly
The Orange Foundation is already involved for several years in favor of education for all, for example through the social and financial education program for children E-Ducate for all, created by the NGO Aflatoun. Aware that the digital revolution is on, it remains committed to this program, with the knowledge and skills to everyone.
The "digital schools" project, one of four flagship programs in our support for the digital education is also implemented in Cameroon, Madagascar, Senegal and Tunisia.
In 2015, 138 schools will be equipped, especially in Guinea and Ivory Coast, which brings to 268 the number of digital schools across the world.
Better late than never, Awesome!!!