Introduced in collaboration with Orange Tunisia, the first Solidarity FabLab in Tunisia was opened on Tuesday 17 November in Tunis.
Established in Cité El Khadra, Tunis, the FabLab was coordinated by the Tunisian Youth and Science Association (AJST). This association has been active in Tunisia for 41 years, and helps young people to learn and to integrate. Through the FabLab, the association offers digital training courses, with a range of recent technology: a 3D printer, CNC, a laser-cutting machine, a digital milling machine, etc. Orange employees, who are ready to get involved as volunteers, will assist the association’s volunteers with this educational project on a daily basis.
An international Solidarity FabLab
For Chiheb Bouden, President of AJST and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the objective is to "share, exchange, and encourage meetings between people from very different backgrounds. As well as being a space for training and collaboration, the Tunisia Youth and Science Solidarity FabLab can be seen as a tool for democratisation, as it will make it possible and easier to manufacture items which are often difficult to access or which are not profitable on a large scale".
Christine Albanel, Vice President of the Orange Foundation, attended the opening. She shared this opinion and emphasised the educational and professional aspect of the FabLab: "By opening this first Solidarity FabLab in Tunisia, we wanted to ensure that young people who do not have access to traditional education, or who are in difficulty, have access to a professional future in an increasingly digital world."
This FabLab joins our network of Solidarity FabLabs, so its team can exchange best practices, innovative learning methods and medium and long-term perspectives. "Our goal is to have a Solidarity FabLab in every country in which we operate", states Brigitte Audy, Secretary General of the Orange Foundation. "With this community of Solidarity FabLabs, each new FabLab can benefit from the experience of everyone involved, like here in Tunisia", she concludes.