About usOur organisation
Our mission is to enable young underprivileged people to build their employability through education in the digital industry, and leverage their potential and willpower; it allows them and their family to escape poverty in a sustainable way, and contribute to the social and economic development of their country.
Our beneficiaries are typically underprivileged or disadvantaged, in extremely precarious situations, according to the criteria PN has defined/specified for each of the countries in which it operates.
- 2015: Passerelles numériques celebrates its 10 years! Since the beginning, more than 1,500 underprivileged students came through PN’s training program and can now live the life they have chosen.
- 2013 : Creation of Passerelles numériques Hong Kong Limited, a charity, run by a team of volunteers, which aims to raise awareness and collect funds to support PN’s actions.
- 2012: 1st graduation of 24 students in PN Philippines and 27 students in PN Vietnam
- 2010: Creation of PN Vietnam: new program launched in Danang with an initial intake of 30 students.
- 2009: Creation of PN Philippines: new program launched in Cebu city with an initial intake of 25 students.
- 2007: 20 students graduated in Cambodia (System & Network Administration training program).
- 2006: Création of the legal structure Passerelles numériques, a french non-profit organisation.
- 2005: Opening of the Centre for Information Systems Training (CIST), the 1st first training center based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with Accenture and Enfants du Mékong (initial intake of 25 students).
PN’s objective is that at least 90% of the students enrolled in our programs can escape poverty, be professionally more successful relatively to the national average, and take advantage of a ‘Gateway for Life’.
PN’s additional objective is to reduce inequality between genders. Therefore, PN tries to take in a ration of at least 50% girls (or a maximum of two thirds) at each of our centers.
What we do
Conduct a fair and rigorous selection
Concentrating on the poorest areas in the large region surrounding each training center, our selection process follows four stages:
- Information sessions to explain the IT sector and its opportunities, and to introduce our programs.
- Written exams in logic, mathematics and English to check the applicants’ abilities.
- Individual interviews to assess each applicant’s motivation, maturity and mindset.
- Social investigations to evaluate the family’s resources and validate their eligibility. Only the most underprivileged are admitted.
Provide a general training in professional skills
This differentiating component of our training programs is highly appreciated by recruiting companies. We specifically cover:
- English language learning.
- ‘Professional life’ training nurturing business skills based on general knowledge, business world knowledge and behavioral skills.
- Higher-level soft skills such as open-mindedness, autonomy, flexibility and initiative.
Deliver a solid technical and practical training
Focusing on employability, Passerelles numériques’ training is constantly updated in order to match business needs; it aims at being practical, targeted and certified.
Ensure a social and educational development
To prepare our students to become autonomous and independent adults, Passerelles numériques has developed a personal development extra-curricular program which revolves around PN’s values: trust, responsibility, solidarity. Our holistic educative approach also helps our students to acquire solid general knowledge and better understand the world around them.
They also develop general, environmental and health awareness through various prevention activities. In order for our students to focus on their intense studies, PN covers their needs and expenses:
- Moral and educational support: follow-up and counseling
- Training expenses
- Living expenses: lodging, equipment, food, transportation, medical expenses
- Students learn how to manage a budget by receiving a monthly allowance for food and personal daily expenses. A small part of the expenses are covered by student’s families which helps to maintain their strong involvement.
Facilitate access to employment
Students are guided through both their internship and job search by our External Relations department, closely supported by our alumni network and by PN’s partners (resume and cover letter workshops, individual follow-up and coaching, career orientation sessions, regular sessions of job interview roleplays).