Kickstarting the first Solidarity FabLab in Madagascar

The launch of the island’s first Solidarity FabLab on 25 November was a real event in this Antananarivo district.
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Praised by the Malagasy minister for employment, technical education and professional training, Benjamina Ramanantsoa, the SOS Villages d’enfants association’s FabLab is in a working-class neighbourhood amongst schools and universities. It is a strategic position to welcome young people from different backgrounds and raise awareness about digital technology: young people with difficulties at school, those who have left school and those who have already gone to university, providing knowledge and new technologies.

At the heart of this meeting is a building equipped with cutting-edge digital technology. There are teachers as well as Orange volunteer to coordinate the workshops and manage FabLab users. At this second African Solidarity FabLab (the first is in Tunis), the aim is to specify ideas, projects, and to learn in a team. In Madagascar, this prototype culture, the DNA of FabLabs, will be a new springboard to receive training and find a job: indeed, the town offers professional opportunities in building and industry, which accounts for a third of new jobs.

>>> Benjamina Ramanantsoa commended the importance of the FabLab (on the left), before opening it with Maria Raharinarivonirina (centre), president of the Madagascar SOS Villages d’enfants association and Christine Albanel, Deputy Chair of the Orange Foundation. He then took a tour of the FabLab and its machines (right, before the opening).

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Michel Barré, CEO of Orange Madagascar, welcomed the public-private partnership which has allowed the launch of this Solidarity FabLab It was also a significant launch for the minister, who said that the FabLab represents: "the first operational implementation of the national policy for skills development and access to a decent job".
"Digital technology provides progress for everyone. It defies time and distance", underlines Christine Albanel, Deputy Chair of the Orange Foundation. The Antananarivo Solidarity FabLab will also help connect young Malagasy people to 500 FabLabs across the world where other young people share this desire to learn to take their own destiny into their hands.

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