After graduating from Sciences Po Paris (Paris Institute of Political Studies) and earning a Master’s degree in International Law, Jérémy Lachal co-founded the non-profit organization Bibliothèques Sans Frontières (BSF) in 2007 with French historian Patrick Weil. He has since been leading the NGO in its mission to reduce the vulnerability of populations through enhancing access to information and education.
By creating innovative programs such as the Ideas Box, a portable multimedia toolkit designed for vulnerable populations, the Code Travelers -Les Voyageurs du Code (computer programming workshops for youth) or the adaptation of Khan Academy into French, Jérémy Lachal has developed LWB into one of the most innovative NGO in the field of access to education and information.
LWB has more than 40 staffs and has a budget of 4M€. The NGO is present in twenty countries around the world. She has received numerous awards (the French presidential initiative – la France s’Engage, the Google Impact Challenge, WISE – World Innovative Summit for Education).
Jérémy is member of the Clinton Global initiative and Ashoka fellow since 2015. He is also joined since 2012 the IFLA’s (International Federation of Library Associations) international leadership program.
In October 2014, Jérémy gave a TED talk on the Ideas Box on the occasion of TEDx Paris’ fifth anniversary (http://bit.ly/1xQDCsf).
Libraries Without Borders has developed a major innovation for access to education, culture, and information in humanitarian crises: the Ideas Box.
Designed by the creator Philippe Starck and in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency, the box fits on two pallets and is equipped with computers, an Internet connection and educational contents, tablets, games, paper books, e-readers, cameras and a mobile cinema. It provides tools for teachers and students, for self-education, professional development, artistic creativity and access to critical information. The Ideas Box empowers children, adults and communities to reconstruct what has been lost and, further, pave the way for a self-reliant future. The Box itself protects the contents from rain, heat, and dust, and can be packed and unpacked within minutes. The first two Ideas Box units were installed in the Kavumu and Musasa refugee camps of Burundi in February 2014. Their success has been impressive with over 24,000 visits in only three months and more than 3,000 registered users.So far there have been over 80,000 direct beneficairies.