After the village of Bir Salah in 2014, the Tunisian Ministry of Education and Orange Tunisia came together to inaugurate a second village in Kasserine on Tuesday 8 November. This project was carried out in partnership with Soutien aux Enfants (ASSEN), to give fun and hope to children!
A local, integrated, sustainable development initiative, the Orange Villages programme renovates or builds basic infrastructure: a water supply, a health centre, and a school. “We are very attached to this programme, which now counts over 50 villages in 9 countries", emphasised Brigitte Audy, General Secretary of the Foundation at the inauguration. "The quality of life of over 250,000 people has improved thanks to access to education and health."
Kasserine, a carefully chosen and appropriate choice for the second Orange Village
Kasserine is located in the north-west, a region experiencing socio-economic difficulties. Only 50% of homes are connected to the water supply, the rate of unemployment stands at 26% and the rate of illiteracy is 32%. In partnership with ASSEN, the choice of Orange Village focused on the Kasserine region and, more specifically, the two villages of El Garaa and Ouled Abdel Mouleh. Here, like in other Orange Villages, we aim to improve the situation of all the residents by providing access to education, basic health services and water.
Building on these foundations, the objective is then to move forward to provide better quality of life for populations which remain vulnerable. After over a year of works, the school has been renovated and extended. It can now host 330 pupils with class rooms, a multimedia library and a canteen. The El Garaa free clinic has been completely renovated and given new medical equipment. Finally, the two schools have been connected to the drinking water supply.
Access to digital technology and economic autonomy
Furthermore, for the first time, and in partnership with the Tunisian Ministry of Education and Orange Tunisia, we decided to equip the two schools at El Garaa and Ouled Abdel Mouleh with the digital kit, which is currently being successfully used in 500 digital schools in 12 countries, including Tunisia. “With the Orange Foundation, we are convinced that digital technologies represent a driver for development to imagine new, innovative forms of solidarity," declared Didier Charvet, Managing Director of Orange Tunisia. This kit will offer primary school pupils with educational and extra-curricular content, even without an internet connection, because "schools are the cornerstone of the Villages programme".
The Orange Village project in Kasserine also includes an economic component to encourage local production. 13 women have already received training to develop their project to raise free range organic chickens. “Orange Villages respond to the Foundation’s ambitions in the areas of education and health, and exemplify the Foundation’s commitment to women, particularly in rural areas," concluded Asma Ennaifer, Director of External Relations for RSE and Innovation at Orange Tunisia.