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Projet Freedom to learn

Submitted proposal

Model of support letter

Letters of support

Ideas to consider and add

  1. Do everywhere (with possible local adaptation) what has been done in 2010 in Argentina le logiciel libre comme moteur d'inclusion numérique éducative
  2. Specific and urgent needs: As a result of the current health measures, the process of in-service teacher training has come to a halt. The situation caused by Covid-19 raises big numerical gaps of teachers, students and their trainers, as well as their parents. Indeed, they have to use the new technologies to keep in touch, to give their courses and evaluations, to transmit documents,…
  3. Since 2 months, we realize that these actors do not have the adequate training adapted to their situation. The digital divide we were talking about theoretically is being felt in the current approaches by not knowing which tools to use, how to use them, how to position oneself with this technology,… In spite of good will, we notice that the approaches are rarely judicious.
  4. Educode positions itself as the partner of these actors in education to provide clear information on the possibilities of free software. By offering training courses adapted to different audiences and their needs, our goal is to bridge this digital divide for teachers, their students and trainers, and their parents who are there to improve teachers' teaching methods.
  5. Long term: the gap is so big that the work is considerable, but the education system, for the first time, realizes the interest of digital training. In addition, the first digital repository will enter the classroom in September asking teachers to integrate these practices into their teaching.
  6. Moto : Teaching is just an help for learning.
  7. We want to empower the local communities (starting from the familial circles) and through the internet that complements global networked multilingual communities to bring peace and education for everyone
  8. We (the freedom to liberate through education project) want to contribute to a world without any friction (investment or copyright) to learning for everyone everywhere, by providing internet & computer software and running on any devices & documentation on any form & any complementary education (distance, presential, one-to-one or one-to-many or many-to-many) documented and supported both by communities and commercial entities, all free of any licence, copyright or patent restriction. The only restriction should be personnal effort. Not access to the information (thanks to the net & free licence of every material)
  9. The internet is build on the IP protocol that is free and public domain. This has been the enabler. We want to use the same model, supporting community and commercial developments BUT preventing also any further exclusive reappropriation through the use of the copyleft principel (in GPL & AGPL & CC-BY-SA licenses)
  10. We think that as the family, community development comes from the girls and women who bring love, stability, responses to the fundamental needs. We want to address them especially and offer them, at the youngest age, personnal development that they deserve to get a better life. Our related moto is : support women to liberate, they will give back hundred times.
  11. A free world has no gates nor windows, only free citizens
  12. What if our goverment & culture insisted that « your problem is my problem » as the medical & education people practice everyday really supports & helps the world much better than the liberal view « your problem is your problem » ?
  13. we want to build communities instead of individuals
  14. a good manager thinks beyond himself as the institution is made to last

Original proposal

The actual proposal document

Very important : there’s a strict limitation in the number of characters to answer. Please find all questions below.


Name of the proposed project: (max 128 characters)

Freedom to lead : liberation through education. Supporting teachers, parents, esp. mothers, and learners through technology.

Project Summary

Project Summary: Please provide a 1-2 sentence description of your project. (max 300 characters)

ISOC criteria

  1. The proposed project effectively responds to a clearly identified need.
  2. The proposed project addresses not only the immediate crisis, but also provides resiliency after this more urgent need has been addressed.
  3. The applicant demonstrates the necessary knowledge, experience and capacity required to rapidly and successfully implement this project.
  4. The project team has identified relevant outcome indicators that demonstrate sufficient impact, relative to the funding level.

Specific and urgent need

Briefly summarize the specific, urgent need or threat your project will address. (max 500 characters)


Describe the project you are proposing and how it will address this specific, urgent need.

Be sure to include reasons why your intervention is innovative, how the Internet plays a critical role in the project’s implementation, and how the project will make immediate, local impact. (max 1000 characters)

Charitable organizations

Please demonstrate your organization’s equivalency to a U.S. 501c3 charitable organization. You can find more information here.

If you have an equivalency determination certificate you may upload that here. If you are a U.S.-based organization, please upload your most recent 990 or provide a link to your GuideStar profile in the text box below. You may also use this text box to provide further context or information about your organization’s equivalency status. (max 500 characters).

  1. Both Internet Society Chapter Belgium asbl/vzw and Educode asbl are non-profit organizations where board members exercise their function free of charge. Here are links to governmental portal where it is stated (“association sans but lucratif” in French and “Vereniging zonder winstoogmerk” in Dutch are translated by non-profit organization in English.

Demonstration of financial capacity

Please demonstrate your organization’s capacity to manage a grant award in the range of USD 250,000 to USD 500,000.

Share examples of previous grants awarded to your organization. You can provide URLs to award announcements and press releases, a copy of your organization’s annual budget that includes funding amounts, or other evidence of experience in and capacity to manage an award of this size. (max 1000 characters)

As we don’t have this, I would focus on our Steering Committee composed of people with much expertise, working for free on this project, without conflict of interest, publication of project accountability on project website, and requiring call for tenders for any subcontracting.

  1. Frédéric Taes
  2. Nicolas Pettiaux (born April 8, 1966 in Brussels) is a Belgian PhD <p>physicist. Nicolas has taught at primary, secondary and university levels for more than 30 years. He has an experience in the private sector as consultant and IT manager. He is interested in Free Culture for the benefit of society, in all its forms (Open Access, Open Street Map, Open Science…). He is known as a specialist in Free Software and Creative Commons licenses in Belgium. He leads the Belgian chapter of Creative Commons. This interest manifests itself in his work as a teacher, as well as in the conferences he organizes and promotes. Currently, he teaches computer science at the Haute-école Bruxelles-Brabant(Brussels) physics at Collège Saint-Hubert, and is a scientific collaborator at the Université libre de Bruxelles. As IT manager, Nicolas has managed budgets > 1 Mio€ / year
  3. Liz Williams
  4. Philip Du Bois, General Manager DNS Belgium and Digital for Youth (Close the Gap) ⇒ in attachment, letter of support + press article where it’s mentioned this non-profit organization is managing budget of >1 Mio€ / year;
  5. Joël Lambiliotte, the director of IMIO, a public institution that is the IT service provider of 85 % of the Walloon region, with a team of 40 and an annual budget of 4 000 000 €; their solutions relie only on free software; IMIO could also demonstrate a large enough financial basis to manage 500 000 €; he could give us access to nearly all elected representatives of the French speaking part of Belgium, both of the parlements and the local hundred of communes who organizes most primary education.
  6. Bernard Rentier, former rector of Université de Liège, president of the board of the WBE (Wallonie Bruxelles Enseignement, that manages 2500 schools, 25 000 teachers, 260 000 students; can provide access to the WBE network and strong support for the inclusions of its schools

Liz and Nicolas, please complete for yourself and highlight your expertise in Education.

  1. Bibiana Boccolini is a professor of education at the University of Rosario and in Québec who has expressed already strong support and given precise ideas.

Nicolas, if you have another candidate from public sector, please also attach letter of support which includes details of what they can provide, role of the person in management of budget, etc.

We have 1000 characters max. but we can attach document to prove what we’re writing.

Provision for long-term resiliency

How will your project also provide for lasting, longer-term resiliency against the threat after the more urgent need has been addressed?

Priority is given to project ideas that not only address the very clear immediate needs but also how the project addresses the longer-term effects of the current emergency, ideally diminishing the negative impact of the threat if it were to return.

Why is your organisation better positioned for this urgent work ?

Why is your organization best positioned to do this urgent work?

Explain your experience working in this specific location(s), technical expertise, community connections, partner organization assisting the effort, and any other details that clearly illustrate your organization is the best fit to implement this work.

What changes or shifts, if any, does your organization need to make in order to successfully implement this project? (max 1000 characters)

Monitored outcome indicators

Identify 1-3 outcome indicators that you will monitor for the duration of your project so that you can report on your impacts.

  1. number of local implementations in Belgium for a good 1/3 of budget (150.000$ +30.000$ for 2 extra languages)
  2. number of international implementations during roll-out (300.000$)

Outcome Indicator

Describe how you will measure indicator 1.

  1. What kind of data would you need to collect and behaviors you might observe to demonstrate your project’s success? If you are unsure how to best measure an indicator, please indicate that and we will work with you if you are selected to receive this grant.

For the KPI we would need the total number of schools, teachers and students in Belgium. Can you get this Nicolas ? YES

I would define 2 KPI’s:

  1. project reach (number of schools, etc.)
  2. Net Promoter Score of minimum 30% (

Outcome Indicator 2

Describe how you will measure indicator 2.

  1. What kind of data would you need to collect and behaviors you might observe to demonstrate your project’s success? If you are unsure how to best measure an indicator, please indicate that and we will work with you if you are selected to receive this grant.

Collaborations with other ISOC chapters

Despite Internet Society Chapter Belgium being a local chapter, we have official members from many other countries with whom we are in relationship, including:

  1. Egypt,
  2. Democratic Republic of Congo,
  3. France,
  4. USA,
  5. Ghana,
  6. Bangladesh,
  7. Haiti,
  8. The Netherlands,
  9. India,
  10. South Africa,
  11. United Kingdom,
  12. Colombia,
  13. Guinea,
  14. Algeria,
  15. Tanzania,
  16. Bolivia,
  17. Estonia,
  18. Ethiopia,
  19. Switzerland,
  20. Canada,
  21. Benin,
  22. Poland,
  23. Luxembourg,
  24. Germany.

They are precisely members of our chapter to build this type of international project.

Projet RELIE - Isoc - en

ISOC has launched a call for projects related to Covid19 : indeed, teachers and students have to move from traditional classroom methods to distance learning.

The timing is very short but it is possible to do something in my opinion.

Here is the information about the scholarship - be careful you have to enter a file between May 5th and May 17th!

More information

In particular, it must be shown that the project consists of

  1. Applications that accelerate and coordinate humanitarian response
  2. Services that promote and enable distance learning for students
  3. Research and documentation on:
    1. Censorship of COVID-19 public health and safety information or
    2. The increasing use of surveillance technology in the name of public health or safety
  4. Circumvention solutions that provide access to blocked public health and safety information or directly respond to increased COVID-19-related censorship
  5. Platforms that establish new pathways to alternative livelihoods
  6. Indexes that demonstrate urban and/or rural pandemic preparedness


The RELIE-ISOC project of EduCode asbl and Belgian chapter of ISOC consists in the elaboration of a “package” including :

  1. Train-the-trainer“ training courses for in-service and student teachers;
  2. The production of training videos (“how to”);
  3. A selected set of tools for teachers, parents and students, online or to be installed on all media (desktops, smartphones, tablets). The tools available online can be installed on servers that are permanently connected as well as occasionally (for isolated areas, without a good permanent Internet connection, to be updated for example by transfer to physical media). These softwares and servers are provided with documentation, help and community support as well as possible paid professional support;
  4. A “helpdesk” service for teachers but also for parents who are called upon to play an essential support role;
  5. Everything is structured around interconnected communities of local actors to promote support and training by peers in close proximity with all the contributions and mutual support that remote partners, remote communities connected to each other by the web, allow. This is the only solution to overcome the lack of local trainers and teachers. Foster self-reliance at all scales, from local and individual to global and multiple, supporting this through mutual aid and solidarity on a large scale.
  6. All this is multilingual and easily translated by communities aided by technology-assisted online translation tools. The software is immediately available in a very large number of languages, as are many educational resources. Community as well as professional teams that can be called upon exist in many, many countries.

The set consists exclusively of free software and Open Educational Resources already available in a very large number of languages, supported and created by existing communities with which Educode and its partners are in close contact. (ex: French and English in France, Belgium, Quebec, DRC, USA, UK; Spanish in Argentina; Dutch in Belgium).

It is a partnership between EduCode asbl and the Belgian chapter of the Internet Society, whose main financial beneficiary will be Educode, with an expected grant of USD 500,000. Through these structures that carry the project, many partners in many countries will be able to benefit directly from the content and materials that will enable them to deploy the solutions locally.

Numerous associations and schools in Belgium, France, Switzerland, Quebec, Argentina, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Côte d'Ivoire have already expressed their interest and are just waiting to start deploying and organizing local support, initially on a voluntary basis.


It is necessary to establish a budget, and define good KPIs such as the number of schools, teachers and students.

The set can be reused by all countries, immediately by the French, English and Spanish speaking countries of Africa, South America and all the others of course with the language adaptations that Educode and Isoc-be will support.

The project is also linked to actors who propose health management solutions and responses to the treatment and prevention of pandemics such as the projects Orthanc (server) and GN U Health and the structures that support them and GN U Solidario.


The projects aim to provide

  1. multilingual, subtitled, short video sequences (usually 5 to 10 minutes, but possibly longer), which are scripted for use in a wide variety of learning situations. These sequences will, for example, meet all the educational needs of teachers, students and the general population. Their content should cover a very wide range of topics from how to wash hands, how to protect oneself and others, to how to teach physics, and how to teach any kind of subjects.

Kivu team

Argentina team


The covd19 pandemic shows the need for teachers, school principals and parents to be trained in distance learning methods using digital technology, to have adequate tools with professional support, both for pedagogical and technical aspects, and software and content to ensure pedagogical continuity in the best possible conditions.

In Belgium, the regional policy statements (DPR)(Standards ouverts et logiciels libres en Belgique - Région_wallonne) and Community policy statements (DPC)(Standards ouverts et logiciels libres en Belgique - Communauté française) of July 2019 explicitly mention support for free software to be encouraged in public administrations and schools. This will ensure permanent support for the future as well as regular use in many schools in French-speaking Belgium.

Of course, as the tools, communities and SMEs capable of providing support exist in all regions of the country, as well as abroad, adoption by all can be done without any legal (copyright) or financial (software and content are all free once their creation has been financed) barriers.


  1. Supporting the school and the families in facing the challenges of digital technology: conferences, courses, workshops, face-to-face or distance learning, to develop the use of computers in the classroom and teach teachers to adopt digital technology in order to master it. Educode and its partners want to offer the same services to all those who want to learn.
  2. To offer training, workshops and professional support for groups of 1 to 20 people by videoconference (or face-to-face) in highly interactive and participatory mode (educodeSchool), or in conference mode broadcast with text interaction (chat) (educodeTV), on all subjects related to digital in school: distance learning methods, but also tools and software both on servers, workstations and smartphones. Example: programming, robotics, photo development, mathematics… Of course, interactions are also possible by telephone in regions where Internet networks are not yet deployed. In these cases, Educode and its partners seek to support local communities to install networks that are connectable to the Internet, resilient, and that depend only on local resources and not on governments or private actors.

As mentioned above, one of the major specificities of the solutions and training offered is that they are based solely on free and open source software (FLOSS), most of them cross-platform (Windows, MacOS, GnuLinux, android, ios), gratis, provided with modifiable and redistributable source code. They can therefore be perpetually used without restriction, by all publics. They are carefully chosen to be the best in their functions and to be developed and maintained by large active communities. This applies to software on servers as well as smartphones and desktops. The developed contents, courses, videos …, once funded, will be made available under the CC-BY-SA license which has made Wikipedia successful, encourages collaborative extensions and prevents exclusive reappropriation.

Other formulation

Online school that offers courses to teach teachers how to teach online with digital, and courses on topics such as: digital photo development, robotics, scratch programming, python, microbit programming and project management with raspberryPi, mathematics, physics … These are primarily courses for teachers, but all audiences are welcome. All the software that will be used and highlighted are of professional quality and are free (we of course respect 100% copyright).

Keys to success

The project will last 1 year, from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

The keys to success are

  1. the satisfaction of the trained teachers and the communities concerned
  2. the reappropriation of methods, tools and contents by them in their respective classes and environments
  3. their contributions as adaptations and developments of the proposed contents
  4. the participation of trainees as new trainers and active contributors



  1. Analysis of users' needs and expectations and implementation of the first courses and conferences, starting on 8 April 2020
  2. Provision of the first specific online tools for schools (moodle as learning management system accompanied by wims as personalized trainings and exams platform, secure, decentralized, autonomous organizational system solutions, sharing and development of contents, with the associated trainings
  3. Organisation of training, coaching and exams

Budget and Resources

  1. XX full-time employees
  2. financial means to support local communities with human and technical resources

See detailed budget in the associated spreadsheet

Partners, Associated Persons and Structures

  1. Argentina
    1. University of Rosario
      1. Bibiana Boccolini
  2. Belgium
    1. Educode asbl
      1. François Mottard
      2. Benoit Naveau
      3. Nicolas Pettiaux
    2. Forsud asbl
      1. Laurence Bourguignon
      2. Erick Mascart
    3. Internet Society Belgium asbl
      1. Frédéric Taes
      2. Philippe
    4. Free University of Brussels (Lisa Laboratory)
      1. Olivier Debeir
  3. France
    1. Association of public interest
      1. Myriam Cricket
    2. Inno3
      1. Benjamin Jean
    3. Montpel-libre
      1. Pascal Arnoux
    4. Worteks
      1. Laurent Marie
      2. Thibaut Demaret
  4. Quebec
    1. Fabian Rodriguez
  5. Democratic Republic of Congo
    1. XXX asbl
      1. Alain Cikuru
      2. Victor XXX
      3. Alfred XXX
      4. Pépé XXX

Partenaires et écoles locaux déjà intéressés

  1. Argentine
  2. Belgique
    1. forsud asbl
    2. les 65 écoles primaires et secondaires de tous les réseaux dont forsud s'occupe
    3. quelques écoles bruxelloises
  3. France
  4. Kivu
  5. Québec
projets/freedom_to_learn.txt · Dernière modification : 2020/07/01 13:28 de Nicolas Pettiaux