Projects - 20 August 2020

Libraries Without Borders, Roddenberry prize winner

We are happy and proud to announce you that Libraries Without Borders is one of the four winners of the Roddenberry prize. Every year, the great American Foundation Roddenberry rewards the work of social organizations and entrepreneurs in the fields of education, environment, science, and humanity.

Thanks to this award, we get $ 250,000 to foster youth employability in Senegal, especially in rural and suburban areas.

In West Africa, only 4% of young people attend university, especially due to financial and societal constraints but it is also due to a lack of offer: for instance, in Senegal, capacities of universities are stretched, and they are not able to welcome all the students who would want to register.

Moreover, a large part of the population has a poor connection to the Internet, especially in rural and suburban areas. The need for digital content diffusion – accessible offline – for training, education and information has never been greater.

“We are convinced that technologies could be a fantastic lever to foster the access to education, that’s why we want to work with local universities and Senegalese training centres. We want to develop offline Internet solutions to reinforce the access to higher education and to help young people in difficulties obtaining work, including young people who were not previously enrolled in higher education.” Jeremy Lachal, the BSF General Director, explained.

This project is the first step before a bigger expansion in other West African countries.

“The Roddenberry prize gives us much more energy to strengthen our Lab, and our research and development approach concerning the access to qualitative content for the populations who are poorly or not connected to the internet.” Muy-Cheng Peich, the BSF Education Director and Lab coordinator, concluded.

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