In certain areas where integration is more difficult, our digital training programs for women and young people play a vital role. To welcome young unemployed people, children who have dropped out of school, and the disabled, we have teamed up with local governments and associations to establish new solidarity third places.
On 23 November, at the Mayor and Local Government fair in Paris, the Foundation signed an agreement with three towns home to the first three Solidarity Third Places in Guéret (Creuse), Fourmies (Nord) and Mende (Lozère).
Locally based digital solidarity
These alternative learning methods are vital to those without access to more conventional training and are finding their way into more isolated communities. How? By establishing the third places in empty or abandoned locations with the investment of the local governments and local associations, transforming them into digital solidarity innovation and training centres: La Quincaillerie in Guéret, the L@bo Cœur numérique (digital core lab) in Fourmies, and Le Lab in Mende.
The Solidarity Third Places - a new place to learn and use digital technology together
We provide these places with digital educational content adapted to the needs of people in difficulty. Regardless of their age, gender, or difficulty, everyone can try out digital fabrication free of charge in the FabLab, share their experiences and skills in the co-working space, launch collaborative digital projects, learn the skills of the future in training centres, and express their views in forums, etc.
“Digital technology must provide opportunities for the integration of young people in difficulty and women in unstable situations. By providing digital training, in a spirit of solidarity, we want to give people the confidence, motivation, and a chance to find a job. Equal opportunities are everywhere,” explains Brigitte Audy, executive director of the Orange Foundation.
Local development relies on social and professional integration
Cyril Luneau, director of relations with local governments at Orange, explains that local development relies on “integration aid which, with Orange and the Foundation, is becoming a reality in the regions of France, from small rural villages to large groups of towns, alongside local governments and associations.”
Equal opportunities everywhere
Laurent Suau in Mende, Mickaël Hiraux in Fourmies, Eric Correia in Guéret, three isolated towns, are part of the same digital solidarity movement taking place in the new Solidarity Third Places. After around a year of work with the Foundation, “it’s a new form of adapted support that we provide these young people and women at risk in our regions.”