Call for projects « Digital Schools » 2019

Digital education is one of the major focuses of the Orange Foundation in France and abroad.
In this context, The Foundation launched “the Digital Schools” program in 2014, aiming to deliver free educational content in digital format for primary and secondary school pupils in Africa and Middle east.
This program has already been massively deployed by the local foundations and the Orange group subsidiaries in 14 countries: France, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Central African Republic, Cameroun, Niger, Madagascar, Senegal, Tunisia, Mali, Guinea, Egypt, Jordan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, covering 700 schools and benefiting to more than 160 000 children..

 

Senegal
Botswana
Guinea

 

Today, we are launching a new call for projects in order to reinforce the “Digital Schools” Program in isolated rural areas and in suburban areas for the most disadvantaged schools with no access to school books.
This call for project will be split in two parts: one for the donation of the digital kits, and one for the sourcing of digital and educational content for primary school education.

Details for the 1st Part – Donation of material – Digital Kits

The call for projects for the donation of material is designed for Orange local Foundations or Orange subsidiaries in countries where the Orange Group operates, who will coordinate and consolidate the applications of the schools (this concerns local applications as well as those coming from third party partners). The supported international projects will be conducted in partnership with the Orange local Foundations or subsidiaries, and with the local Ministry of National Education.

The 2019 digital kit is composed of:

2 Raspberry servers, 50 tablets, 50 audio headsets, 50 protective cases for the tablets, 2 dust-proof padlocked cases, 11 electrical multi-socket adaptors, 1 video projector, 1 screen; 1 speaker (new), and a 200 Go SD card containing local and international educational content (Khan Academy, Wikipedia, Gutenberg Library…)
A optional solar recharging system for the tablets (new)
A series of new educational APKs: calculator, agenda, chat, reader, player… (new)

The integration in the kit of a tablet dedicated to the teachers (with its own SD card) is also under review: this would enable teachers to appropriate the device in order to remotely prepare the courses and could also be used for the projection of the courses in class.
The value of one kit is estimated at 5000 euros. A maximum of 15 kits will be allocated to each country.
A kit can be used either for the opening of a new digital school, or for the reinforcement of a previously equipped school, in order to provide access to this material and content to more pupils. This call for projects (material donation and/or funding request) therefore concerns the extension of the program to new schools, but also the improvement of the program in previously opened schools.
These improvement proposals will mainly concern 3 topics:

  • The strengthening of the program through the granting of a additional kit for schools with a significant size who are already equipped
  • The replacement of defective equipment (special after sale service kit : 10 tablets and devices for a maximum value of 700€)
  • The training of the teachers and pupils in the use of the digital kit and its content (reinforcement of the role and involvement of the pedagogical mediator)

For the new candidate, the Orange Foundation may provide funding up to 6000€ for the recruitment and remuneration of a pedagogical mediator for the implementation of the program during the first year.
This year, each candidate school shall have an Orange employee as a godfather/godmother in support to the pedagogical mediator, in order to follow the implementation of the project and to measure its results.

Details for the 2nd part – Digital Educational Content

The call for projects for the content is dedicated to the development of our actions in primary schools in Africa and to the associations working towards academic support in France. It is opened to all type of applicants (editors, developers, companies, associations…).
This year, we are targeting to develop our Raspberry Pi servers (and their SD card) and the Digital Library of the Orange Foundation by integrating new educational content facilitating basic learning (read-write-count), and programs facilitating primary education on all subjects.
This content (in French and/or English) shall be free of right and free of charge for users, and could be:

  • Basic topics for primary and secondary school (French, English, Arabic…)
  • Ludic programs to learn while having fun
  • Educational quizzes
  • Educational videos
  • Annals and corrections of end of primary and end of secondary school exams
  • School books and educational textbooks
  • Children’s literature
  • ETC

The produced content will simultaneously contribute to the Digital Library of the Orange Foundation (currently being redesigned) which gathers digital educational content, available for all teachers of our digital inclusion programs.
The content will also be available on an online platform (Card Shop), accessible to our pedagogical mediators in the different countries, so that they can customize their SD cards according to the specific needs of each country.

  • The available content may be dynamic, interactive, and ludic
  • The content shall be available online and offline (the offline version must be compatible with the platform and the Raspberry Pi language)
  • The content must be free of right
  • The content must be free of charge and available for all users
  • The content shall exist in French, English and/or Arabic
  • The content must have an educational purpose

You may submit your projects online from Monday, 4 February to Friday, 1 March. Please fill in the application form online and attach the required documents.

The selection committee will take place on Monday, 13 March 2019.