The first digital centre in Madagascar!

Women and young girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in Madagascar now have a place to develop their potential and better integrate into the community.

Centres Digital Madagascar Foundation Orange
Josie Randriambeloma (in white), Brigitte Audy, Lalao Ravalomanana and Michel Barré (from left to right) opened the first digital centre in the country.

In partnership with the Ezaka association, an Orange Foundation digital centre has just been opened in Antananarivo, the first in Madagascar. 130 women without qualifications or an education will be able to complete training in digital tools. It is a chance for them to acquire basic skills in order to develop their income-generating activity: literacy, business management basics, office skills, software use...skills which can be applied to small craft-related businesses and micro-entrepreneurs.

The digital centres programme encourages the independence of women, who can become a real financial force in Madagascar as they are elsewhere. In total 8 digital centres will open their doors on the island in the next few months, in both urban and rural areas.

>>> Lalao Ravalomanana, mayor of Antananarivo discovered the digital centre and possibilities offered to women.

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Next to Michel Barré, CEO of Orange Madagascar, the mayor of Antananarivo, and Josie Randriambeloma, President of Orange Solidarity Madagascar, Brigitte Audy, General Secretary of the Orange Foundation, recalled that "this work demonstrates our commitment to female independence. This independence is acquired through new skills, via digital technology, to improve their lives and those of their family."

What is a digital centre?

  • 1 kit with 10 tablets
  • 1 projector
  • 2 Raspberry Pi servers
  • 1 printer
  • 5 computers
kit centres digital Madagascar

Who does what in a digital centre?

  • 1. We choose a partner NGO and we provide equipment for the centre
  • 2. The NGO recruits beneficiaries and coordinates training
  • 3. Orange volunteers provide training at the association in digital tools

Digital centres are an international programme. It was launched in 2015-2016 in various African countries: Tunisia, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon. There are already various digital centres in France. In total, nearly 2,000 women will benefit from them.

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