A successful collective initiative
The health crisis has dreadfully revealed the extent to which society’s most vulnerable people are excluded from digital technology and therefore cut off from the rest of the world. Thousands of underprivileged youngsters lost all ties to school during lockdown because they lacked the IT equipment and support they needed to follow their lessons remotely.
In fact, the most vulnerable families have borne a cost that is twofold. Because parents in such families face the prospect of a loss of income themselves, their children often have to meet an impossible challenge: to continue to learn, without a computer or internet available to them and without the parental support they need.
To tackle this crisis and help these youngsters pursue their studies at home, the cooperative #ConnexiondUrgence has been swinging into action to equip and support at least 10,000 underprivileged youngsters who have lost all ties to school since lockdown was introduced throughout France so they can connect with their schools remotely.
For several years, Econocom has been committed to furthering the cause of education. It has even made education a key pillar of its CSR strategy, through both its partnerships and patronage initiatives, helping tackle the digital divide and improve accessibility.
With this background, Econocom has supported the cooperative #ConnexiondUrgence by providing 500 reconditioned laptops in perfect condition, which were very quickly prepared by the charity Ateliers Sans Frontières (ASF) with an office software pack so they could then be distributed as part of the initiative.
Made up of the French charities Emmaüs Connect and Le Collectif Mentorat (Afev, Article 1, Chemins d'avenirs, ESA, Institut Télémaque, NQT, Proxité and Socrate)
This is an ongoing crisis:
the need is still huge!
Lockdown also revealed sectors of the public whose exclusion from digital technology had previously gone unnoticed. Indeed, many youngsters have been impacted by the digital divide as they do not have the right equipment or internet connection, or have parents who lack digital resources themselves. Many families are ill-equipped, so struggle to support their child in online schooling.
In light of this observation and following a successful collective experience, the associations Emmaüs Connect and Ares have been joining forces to pursue these actions for solidarity in digital technology. The aim is to urgently connect those who are excluded from digital technology through the work of the cooperative Connexion Pour Tous.
This will help provide society’s most vulnerable people with digital equipment (laptops, tablets and smartphones) at low prices.
Econocom would like to intensify the actions of Connexion Pour Tous and make sure they last by associating clients with them too in order to advance a future-oriented project and support a sustainable approach to help as many families and children as it can.