Digital Schools, call for projects 2022

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

Created in 2014, the program 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 further knowledge and learning such as mathematics, sciences, geography, history and even foreign languages.

The program has already been extensively rolled out by Orange Group foundations and subsidiaries in 18 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, Sierra Leone, and Morocco - covering almost 1,200 schools and benefiting more than 500,000 pupils every year.

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

This call for projects has two parts: the first to provide equipment and the second to design, produce or assign rights to educational and teaching content for primary and early secondary school programs.

Part 1 specifications - Provision of hardware - Digital Education Kit

The call for projects for the provision of equipment 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 2022 will consist of:
1 Acer laptop + 1 Raspberry Pi server, 25 tablets including Android 10.0, 25 protective cases, 25 headsets, 7 electric multi-sockets, 2 dustproof cases with padlocks, 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 program.
A ’solar charging system’ kit for the tablets will be offered as an option on request.
The value of a kit is estimated at €3,200 excluding delivery and €3,700 including delivery/logistics costs. A maximum of 20 kits will be given in each country.

The 2022 call for projects "Part 1 – equipment" includes, as in previous years, either extending the program to new schools, or improving the program in schools that are already open.

The proposals to improve the program will concern 3 main areas:

  • reinforcing the program by offering a new kit to large schools that have already been equipped,
  • replacing defective equipment (special after sales service kit: 10 tablets with accessories – value €1,150),
  • 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) depending on the project presented.

For the 2022 call 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 by using this equipment to support the educational mediator.

We will also request a comprehensive (and compulsory) review of the program’s deployment so far in each of the countries where the program has already been launched.

 

Rep. Démocratique du Congo
Cameroun

 

Part 2 specifications - Educational teaching content

The call for projects for the "Content" part, devoted to enriching our program 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 programs to encourage primary and early secondary education in all subjects.

2022 will also be the year that we pursue the funding of content localization projects. We will therefore be prioritizing publishers/partners in countries that are able to offer primary/early secondary school educational content suited to 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 programs 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
  • Content to raise awareness of the ecological transition
  • etc.

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

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

  • 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 with no geographic restrictions.
  • 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 March 12, 2022. 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 April 2022.