Autumn 2016: Actively supporting equal opportunities

Providing access to education is our primary goal. This autumn, we are continuing to actively support digital solidarity and our beneficiaries: young people and women in difficulty.
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For many - particularly students - autumn is the start of a new year. Students change classes or start new apprenticeships. However not everyone is lucky enough to have access to education or professional training. This is why the Foundation has been setting up digital education programmes with our charity partners over the last few months.

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Digital centre autumn 2016 women

Digital technology for a new chance

Launched in 2014, the Solidarity FabLabs programme gives young people in difficulty or school dropouts the opportunity to turn their lives around through new technologies. Immersed in these new places of education and digital manufacturing, they can learn about digital tools, develop new skills and discover new ways of learning. In Europe and Africa, there are 50 Solidarity FabLabs, which make up a network training nearly 8,000 young people in the digital professions of the future.

Actively supporting education for the poorest

In Africa, some children have no access to books or the internet. For these students, digital technology provides a real opportunity. Our Digital Schools programme provides them with mobile libraries in their classroom with educational content. These libraries are in the form of a digital education kit, which can be used without an internet connection, as well as 50 tablets and a video projector connected to a content server. By the end of 2016, 130,000 students will have benefited from these digital schools across 12 countries.

Digital technology as a source of independence

We created the Digital Centres in 2014 to foster the economic independence of women. In some countries, particularly in Africa, these digital training centres (office equipment, software...) help women to access paid employment. In France, they support women in difficult situations in finding a job or as part of their professional retraining project. 8,000 women have now benefited from training at 94 Digital Centres across Africa, India and France.

Orange volunteers support beneficiaries with their training at all of these digital training centres. This is significant emotional support, providing everyone with access to the same opportunities!

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