30 years of the Orange Foundation: supporting African school children

Going to school and finding the tools to learn is a rare occurrence for many African children. In all of the countries where Orange operates, the Foundation provides two original solutions designed for the local situation, so that underprivileged children can go to school. Tailored solutions with the same objective: access to education.

 

Digital school in Africa

 

Digital technology, a pragmatic solution for the underprivileged!

Schools that have no books or internet access leave teachers and children without the tools they need to learn. Instead of paying to ship textbooks to schools, which can be costly and unreliable, the Foundation came up with an off-line digital education kit (€4,800 per school). The kit includes 50 tablets that give children access to important educational content: books on the curriculum in the local language and approved by the country’s ministry of education, the Khan Academy to learn maths at their own pace using video, Wikipedia, the Gutenberg encyclopaedia, MOOCs, etc.

The whole class participates, working in small groups of three around a tablet. Every day, the tablets are moved to another class so that everyone can benefit.

The results speak for themselves: The program is run in 500 co-ed schools in nine countries, providing 130,000 underprivileged children with access to education. After several years of the program, absenteeism has fallen at the Digital Schools, while interactivity and the children’s marks have increased.

When the kits are introduced, our volunteer employees provide training and technical support for the teachers and children.

 

Digital school in Africa

 

School and health - the same struggle in remote villages

In the most isolated rural areas, people deal with another type of problem. Many children, in particular girls, depend on access to healthcare and water in order to get to school. By providing 55 remote villages with access to water, a healthcare centre and a school, girls no longer have to walk long distances to fetch water, meaning that they can attend school.

Orange Villages, another tailored solution for Africa which benefits nearly 250,000 people in nine countries!

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