Through its Digital Schools program, the Orange Foundation plays a huge role in the digital inclusion of young people in France and worldwide.
Created in 2014, the program aims to provide equipment and digital educational content free of charge to (primarily) primary and secondary school students in Africa to foster and encourage the dissemination 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 rolled out by Orange Foundations and subsidiaries in 18 countries: France, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Niger, Madagascar, Senegal, Tunisia, Mali, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau, Egypt, Jordan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Morocco - covering almost 1,400 schools and benefiting close to 500,000 pupils every year.
We are now launching a fresh call for projects to continue and expand the Digital Schools program in isolated rural zones or urban and suburban areas for the most underprivileged schools and/or those lacking textbooks and teaching aids.
This call for projects has two parts: the first to provide equipment and the second to design, produce or assign rights to teaching and educational content for primary and early secondary school programs.
The call for projects to provide equipment must be only expressed and specified Orange Foundations and subsidiaries in the countries within the group’s footprint. Each of our country entities will coordinate and consolidate all the requests from schools applying for equipment.
So, schools, organizations, NGOs, and partners must contact our local country Foundation offices to make a request for equipment.
New in 2023 to significantly increase the number of beneficiary Schools
The “CLASSIC” Digital School Kit (25 tablets +PC, etc.)
+ The “LIGHT” Digital School Kit (10 tablets +PC, etc.)
+ The “AFTER SALES SERVICE” Digital School Kit (10 tablets + 1 Raspberry)
The classic kit
1 laptop + 1 Raspberry Pi server, 25 tablets including Android 10.0, 25 protective cases, 25 headsets, 6 electric multi-sockets, 2 dustproof cases with padlocks, 1 projector, 1 HDMI cable, 1 screen, 1 Bluetooth speaker, 2 SD cards (200 GB) which, after downloading, will provide a very diverse range of local and international educational content for each of the schools in the program.
The value of a CLASSIC kit is estimated at €3,300 excluding delivery and €3,800 including delivery/logistics costs.
A maximum of 20 CLASSIC kits will be provided per country in 2023.
The Light kit
1 laptop + 1 Raspberry Pi server, 10 tablets including Android 10.0, 10 protective cases, 10 headsets, 1 electric multi-socket, 1 dustproof case with padlock, 1 projector, 1 HDMI cable, 1 screen, 1 Bluetooth speaker, 1 SD card (200 GB) which, after downloading, will provide a very diverse range of local and international educational content for each of the schools in the program.
The value of a LIGHT kit is estimated at €2,000 excluding delivery and €2,300 including delivery/logistics costs.
A maximum of 20 LIGHT kits will be provided per country in 2023.
The after sales services kit (to replace broken equipment)
1 Raspberry Pi server, 10 tablets including Android 10.0, 10 protective cases, 10 headsets, 1 HDMI cable
The value of an AFTER SALES SERVICE kit is estimated at €1,000 excluding delivery and €1,130 including delivery/logistics costs.
A Green light or Niwa “solar charging kit” to charge the tablets is also available as an option on request (see project submission questionnaire).
The 2023 call for projects "Part 1 – equipment" covers, as in previous years, either extending the program to new schools or improving the program in schools that are already open.
The proposals for improvement mainly concern 3 areas:
- training teachers and students to use the digital kit and its content (reinforcing the role and involvement of the educational mediator). €2,000 to €5,000 in cash may be allocated to each beneficiary country depending on the project submitted to be explained in detail, .
- 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 and accessories).
For the 2023 call for projects, we still require an Orange employee to be the sponsor of each school to make sure the equipment is installed and used correctly and to measure the results achieved by using this equipment to assist the educational mediator.
We 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.
The call for projects for the "Content" part, devoted to enriching our program in primary schools in Africa is open to all (Publishers, Designers, Businesses, Associations, etc.).
This year, we want 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 support primary and early secondary education in all subjects.
In 2023, we will prioritize the funding of content localization projects. We will therefore be prioritizing publishers/partners in countries that can offer primary/early secondary school educational content suited to OMEA countries in the local languages of Orange MEA 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 learn while having fun
- Educational quizzes
- Educational videos
- School textbooks
- Children's literature
- Content to raise awareness of the ecological transition
The content produced will also enrich our Orange Foundation Digital Library platform http://bibliotheque.fondationorange.com/, 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 must have an educational and instructive purpose
Useful information for submitting your projects
- Opening of the call : 01/31/2023
- Deadline for submission : 02/24/2023
- Committee date : end march 2023