Digital Schools, call for projects 2021


Digital inclusion, and especially its Digital Schools programme, is one of the major areas of focus for the Orange Foundation in France and abroad.

Created in 2014, the programme aims to make educational material and content available free of charge in digital form for (mainly) primary and secondary school students in Africa in order to promote and encourage the spread of basic knowledge such as reading, writing, and arithmetic, allowing access to more complex knowledge and learning such as mathematics, sciences, geography, history and even foreign languages.

The programme has already been extensively rolled out by Orange Group foundations and subsidiaries across 16 countries: France, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Niger, Madagascar, Senegal, Tunisia, Mali, Guinea, Egypt, Jordan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Liberia - covering around 1,000 schools and benefiting almost 500,000 children every year.

We are now launching a fresh appeal for projects to further reinforce the Digital Schools programme in isolated rural and suburban areas for the most underprivileged schools and/or those lacking teaching materials.

This appeal for projects has two parts: the first for the provision of hardware and the second for the design, production or the assignment of rights to educational and teaching content for primary school programmes.

Part 1 specifications - Provision of hardware - Digital Education Kit

The appeal for projects for the provision of hardware is limited to Orange foundations and subsidiaries in countries where the Group is present. They will coordinate and consolidate all the requests from educational establishments that apply to meet local needs and for those received from third party sponsors.

Projects outside France will therefore be supported in partnership with Orange foundations and subsidiaries, but also with the local Ministries of Education in each of the countries in question.

The digital kit proposed for 2021 will consist of:
1 Acer laptop + 1 Raspberry Pi server, 25 tablets including Android 10.0, 25 protective cases, 25 headsets, 5 electric multi-sockets, 1 dustproof case with padlock, 1 projector, 1 screen, 1 Bluetooth speaker, 2 x 200 GB SD cards which, after downloading, will provide a hugely diverse range of local and international educational content for each of the schools in the programme.
A ’solar charging system’ kit for the tablets will be available as an option.
The value of each kit is estimated at 3,400 euros. A maximum of 20 kits will be allocated per country.
A kit may be allocated for the opening of a new digital school or used to increase the capacity of an existing school to allow more pupils to enjoy access to the equipment and its content.

The 2021 appeal for projects therefore includes, as in previous years, extending the programme to new schools, but also improving the programme in schools that are already open.

These proposals to improve the programme will concern 3 main areas:

  • reinforcing the programme by offering a new kit to large schools that have already been equipped,
  • replacing defective hardware (special after sales service kit: 10 sets of tablets with accessories – value 1000 euros),
  • training teachers and pupils to use the digital kit and its content (strengthening the role and the involvement of the educational mediator) (2,000 to 5,000 euros) depending on the project presented.

For the 2021 appeal for projects, we will ask for an Orange employee to be attached as a sponsor to each of the schools to monitor the correct installation and use of the equipment and to be able to measure the results obtained thanks to the support provided to the educational mediator.

It will also be requested (and compulsory) for the project description sheet to be updated to reflect the current situation in each of the countries where the programme has already been launched.


Rep. Démocratique du Congo


Part 2 specifications - Educational teaching content

The appeal for projects for Part 2, "Content", devoted to enriching our programme in primary schools in Africa and for associations working for the benefit of educational support in France, is open to all (Publishers, Designers, Businesses, Associations, etc.).

This year, we will be seeking to enrich our Raspberry Pi servers (and their SD cards), as well as our Orange Foundation Digital Library, with new educational content to encourage the teaching of basic ’reading, writing, arithmetic’ skills, in addition to tools and programmes to encourage primary education in all subjects.

2021 will also be the year that we pursue the funding of localised content projects. We will therefore be prioritising publishers/partners in countries that are able to offer primary school educational content customised for OMEA countries.

This content must be copyright free and free-of-charge for educational use with no geographic restrictions for the end beneficiaries (online and offline) and may, for instance, cover the following areas (non-exhaustive list):

  • basic primary and secondary subjects (from nursery school to the end of middle school; French, English, Arabic)
  • Entertaining programmes to enable learning while having fun
  • Educational quizzes
  • Educational videos
  • Past papers with corrections for end of primary and middle school exams
  • Teaching and learning books and manuals
  • Children’s literature
  • etc.

The content produced will at the same time enrich our Orange Foundation Digital Library platform (currently being redesigned), which contains digital educational content that can be used by all the teachers in our digital inclusion programmes.

The content will also be displayed and available on an online platform (CardShop) accessible to our educational mediators in each country so that they can customise their SD cards depending on the actual needs in their country.

  • The content proposed may be dynamic, interactive and fun
  • The content must be available in both online and offline versions (the offline version must be compatible with the platform and the Raspberry Pi language)
  • The content is copyright free
  • Use of the content is free-of-charge and open to all
  • The content exists in French, English, Arabic and/or other languages
  • The content must have an educational and instructive purpose

How to participate?


Submit your file online until midnight February 20, 2021. Enter the information, by completing the online questionnaire and send the requested documents as an attachment (detailed presentation of the project, complete report of the Digital Schools program to date, schedule, budget, etc.).


The selection committee meeting will be held in mid-March 2021.