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A solidarity FabLab brimming with ideas

A solidarity FabLab brimming with ideas

The Château-Thierry Solidarity FabLab has come up with an idea which combines ingenuity with solidarity: training young people to use digital production tools by recycling plastic left over from 3D printing. We love it! Better digital inclusion for young people The Château-Thierry FabLab, which...

Women's Digital Centres: women's voices in support of other women

Women’s Digital Centres: women’s voices in...

In our Women’s Digital Centres, we offer digital training workshops to help women access employment opportunities. In France, with the support of the French Association for the Right to Economic Initiative (ADIE), we have brought together expert advice and testimonials from women who made it as...

Art Makers: the 2020 Solidarity FabLabs Challenge has been launched!

Art Makers: the 2020 Solidarity FabLabs...

And we’re off for the 2020 International Solidarity FabLab Challenge #Imake4MyCity! This year’s theme is “Art Makers”: in partnership with an artist or craftsperson, the challenge is to imagine and deliver a piece of work that uses at least one FabLab machine or digital tool. It’s an individual...

The GarageLabs take the Solidarity FabLabs to school in Spain

The GarageLabs take the Solidarity FabLabs to...

Our Solidarity FabLabs programme is run by associations in 16 countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.The aim is to remotivate underprivileged young people and school dropouts, teaching them digital manufacturing and preparing them for the jobs of tomorrow. In Spain for the past four...

A new Digital Centre in DRC

Following the Women’s Digital Centres in Bukavu and Kinshasa, we have continued to deploy our programme in The Democratic Republic of Congo with a new centre in Goma, called the Thalita Digital Centre.
The aim is to help young women to be more independent with digital technology.
The project is run in association with the Womens Worldwide Web (W4).

The Orange Book Prize in Africa is back for a second year!

The Orange Book Prize in Africa is back for a...

In 2020, we bring you the second Orange Book Prize, first launched in Africa in 2019.Books entering the 2020 competition can be submitted from now until the end of November. The event, held with the support of the Institut Français, is our way of helping new literary talent and bringing it to a...

Access to employment in French Guiana

In French Guiana, we supported 20 women at our Digital Centre with the association, Les PEP Guyane. We have supported the women since 2018.
🧐 The aim is to encourage social and professional integration for young women in difficulty using digital technology. After the training, eight of the women found a job!

Digital Schools: 200,000 students can learn!

Digital Schools: 200,000 students can...

Not all students have the same opportunities. Some do not have access to books or certain materials, whilst others have all the educational content needed for their education. Offering digital access to education is the objective of our Digital Schools, launched 5 years ago and now deployed in...

What do you know about prehistory?

Sign up for our free online course to learn about the hunter-gatherer era!
Learn about prehistoric times through archaeological sites and objects and discover the lifestyle of these prehistoric people - far from the clichés we all too often hear!

Solidarity FabLabs: the map of supported projects in France

Solidarity FabLabs: the map of supported...

Launched in 2014, the FabLabs Solidaires programme supports FabLabs projects in France and abroad. This interactive map allows you to see all the organisations and find out about the details of each project. With an international vocation, the FabLabs Solidaires programme supports 88 projects...

A Solidarity FabLab in Le Puy en Velay!

In the Haute-Loire region, we support the Solidarity FabLab at the 2nd Chance School in Le Puy en Velay, which teaches students about 3D printing.
The training manager encourages students to build small objects.
“It’s different from your average training session. The students all get to take something home with them,” explains the school’s director.

A Solidarity FabLab opening in Montreuil!

La Verrière Solidarity FabLab in Montreuil is a place for exchanging and digital creation open to all.
Young people learn how to use digital manufacturing tools, allowing them to design objects for people with disabilities.

Inauguration of a Solidarity FabLab for and by young disabled people

A unique Solidarity FabLab is being opened at the Institution JB Thierry in a former chapel. At the “Mac Gyver” FabLab, young people with autism can learn to make spare parts for wheelchairs used by children with various disabilities. The FabLab will serve as a training centre for residents giving them skills in new technology. The Solidarity FabLab team in Champagnole, Jura, will train and support those who run the centre.

Meeting with the Digital Centre at Cité Vélane in Toulouse

We met with the women volunteers and team from the Digital Centre at Cité Vélane in Toulouse with Christine Albanel. The team explained, “They feel free, independent, and integrated [...] They help one another, and it forges bonds!”

Digital workshops for female prisoners in Mulhouse

We support the Digit’elles project by Face Alsace in Mulhouse, providing female prisoners with IT training. In September 2019, twenty-four women received training to break the digital divide and encourage rehabilitation.

The winners of the WikiChallenge 2019 are...

The winners of the WikiChallenge 2019...

The African Schools WikiChallenge allows the pupils of our digital schools to improve their writing skills and learn how to use digital tools while learning to publish content online. It is a way to create more content about African daily life and culture, something which is often missing from...

In Mayotte our Digital Centre trains 23 women in difficulty

The Women’s Digital Centre in Mayotte supports women to learn the basics of digital tools for online administrative procedures and professional integration. Confidence and independence are the watchwords of this 6-week computer literacy course.

Jean-Baptiste Maudet, winner of the 2019 Orange Book Prize

Jean-Baptiste Maudet, winner of the 2019...

For its 11th edition, the Orange Book Prize went to Jean-Baptiste Maudet for his novel "Matador Yankee", published by Le Passage. The jury was chaired by Jean-Christophe Rufin and made up of authors: Joachim Schnerf (winner in 2018 for his novel, “Cette Nuit, Zulma”), Geneviève Brisac, Jean-Luc...

After the Ongola FabLab… the mobile FabLab!

On 23 May, we opened the first mobile Solidarity FabLab in Cameroon in association with AUF.
Young Cameroonians in all regions of the country will be able to access digital manufacturing tools, develop their skills and make their projects a reality.

And the winner of the Orange Book prize in Africa is...

Cameroonian writer Djaïli Amadou Amal has won the Orange Book Award in Africa for his book "Munyal, the tears of patience", published by Proximité in 2017. The jury described the novel as “A strong, sincere, rebellious voice, served by a language that promotes its culture.” The Award launched in October 2018 reflects our desire to work to promote literary talent in Africa and encourage the local publishing industry.

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