Orange and the German Development Cooperation are inaugurating an “Orange Digital Center” in Monrovia, Liberia a digital ecosystem entirely dedicated to the development of digital skills and innovation.
Following in the footsteps of Tunisia, Senegal, Ethiopia, Mali, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Madagascar, Morocco, this is the 11th Orange Digital Center to be inaugurated.
Spread over 715 sq. m, it brings together four strategic programs of the Orange group, namely; a coding school, a solidarity FabLab – one of the Orange Foundation’s digital manufacturing workshops, and an Orange Fab start-up accelerator, supported by Orange Ventures Africa, the investment fund.
“I am very proud to inaugurate the 11th Digital Center today in Liberia, which is part of a network of 32 Orange Digital Centers that will be deployed not only, in Africa and the Middle East, but also in Europe,” Brelotte Ba, Deputy CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa, said.
“The objective is to democratize access to digital technology to young people – with or without qualifications – giving them access to the latest technological skills to strengthen their employability and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow.”
All of the programs are provided free of charge and are open to everyone. They range from digital training for young people, 90 percent of which are practical, guidance for project bearers, start-up acceleration, and investment in these.
Working as a network, the Orange Digital Centers allow experiences and expertise to be shared between countries and offer a simple and inclusive approach to improving young people’s employability, encouraging innovative entrepreneurship and promoting the local digital ecosystem.
Officially inaugurated today, the Orange Digital Center in Liberia has been operational since January 2022 and has already hosted several training sessions and digital events.
In addition, Orange Liberia, in partnership with some universities will establish Orange Digital Center Clubs, extensions of the coding school within the universities in the regions.
Thus, it will complement the education system to give as many people as possible access to new technologies and support them in using these technologies to their full extent.
Orange and the German Development Cooperation are working together as part of a development partnership within the develoPPP program, which the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is implementing on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The goal is to fulfill their shared vision, fostering youth employability while supporting sustainable growth and the country’s digital transformation.
The programme is also working to advance gender equality and inclusion by promoting access for women and girls to ICT jobs.
The objective is to democratize access to digital technology for young people.
Through digital technology, this programme focuses on the following sustainable development goals in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: (SDG 4) quality education, (SDG 5) gender equality, (SDG 8) decent work and economic growth, (SDG 9) industry, innovation and infrastructure, (SDG 10) reduced inequalities and (SDG 17) partnerships for goals.