Botswana: Orange Group to Train Women in Africa

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Orange group Bostwana has recently taken up responsibility to train women through digital centers in the country as local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and associations have been urged to submit proposals for women’s digital centers.
A press release from the group says the women’s digital centers are designed to deliver literacy and micro-entrepreneurial skills training modules to women in disadvantaged situations
It says the digital women’s center programme targets women within the African content. This, it says, is an international call for projects by the Orange Group and is open to countries where Orange is present.
The initiative is administered through the Orange Foundation which will provide funding to equip the digital centers with technical equipment such as computers, laptops, projectors, tablets, printers and USBs all to be used to empower and train women towards economic independence, says the release.
It also states that digital centers are aimed at fostering women empowerment through the delivery of literacy and basic entrepreneurial training to women in disadvantaged situations who normally have limited access to educational opportunities.
Supported by digital tools, it says training also aims to promote women’s digital inclusion by making them familiar with digital devices and basic software.
So far, 20 women’s digital centers have been opened in four African countries including Madagascar, Cameroun, Ivory Coast and Tunisia.
It says local NGOs and organisations that work towards women’s social and professional integration are encouraged to make submissions in order to benefit from the programme.
According to Orange Foundation and public relations manager, Ms Boga Chilinde-Masebu, this international call for projects is just another way that the company continues to support women and encourage their self-sufficiency and economic independence.
“Women empowerment is one of the main pillars of the Orange Foundation. This is why over the years we have embarked on various initiatives aimed at nurturing women led businesses. The digital centres are just an additional way to improve and increase efficiency and productivity levels of these projects such that the returns on investment are higher,” says Ms Chilinde-Masebu.
Eligible projects will be implemented in both rural and urban communities.

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