Alcatel-Lucent Foundation and World Education, Inc. Launch Program to Foster Digital Inclusion of Young People From Disadvantaged Communities

March 1, 2011

PARIS, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — World Education, Inc. a nonprofit
organization based in the United States, and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris
and NYSE: ALU), through its Alcatel-Lucent Foundation, today announced that
they have forged a partnership to implement ConnectED, a US$6 million global
initiative to provide educational and digital skills training opportunities
for children and adolescents in disadvantaged communities.

This three-year initiative will serve 13,500 young people from
disadvantaged communities in Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Egypt,
France and India. Some 70 percent of these young people will be girls and
young women.

A core component of this program will be a special focus on helping youth
learn how to use communications technologies to gather information, access
job information and develop awareness of the broader world around them.
Another important element of this initiative will be the participation of
Alcatel-Lucent employees in ConnectEd activities, using their expertise in
communications technology to help with implementation and serving as
role-models, mentors and advisors to the young people.

“Today in too many countries around the world, too many young people
reach adulthood lacking the skills needed to prosper in our changing world,”
said Joel H. Lamstein, World Education CEO. “Thanks to this grant we will be
able to work with remote and underserved schools and communities to improve
educational services, skills training and their connection to the digital
world — whether it be computer labs or mobile phones and Internet. Together,
these will ensure youth gain the knowledge, skills, behaviors and support
networks to find productive work, keep themselves safe and be more engaged
with the world around them.”

“ConnectEd will be about using technology to transform the learning, work
and life outcomes for disadvantaged youth,” said Beatrice Tassot, executive
director of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation. “At Alcatel-Lucent we believe that
possessing basic communications technology skills are essential to fostering
inclusion and giving disadvantaged youth a better chance to leap across the
opportunities gap and gain access to more and better employment options.”

About the ConnectED program

The Alcatel-Lucent Foundation’s grant will fund literacy courses,
equivalency programs and school re-entry classes for youth who have dropped
out of school. Within schools, there will be curricula enhancement,
scholarships and teacher training. Training covering basic life skills,
leadership development and career preparation as well as employment placement
programs will benefit both in-school and out-of-school youth. There will also
be special programs for educators and mentors working with these young people
to help them better understand and take advantage of information and
communications technology.

About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE : ALU)

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic
industries and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in
mobile, fixed, IP and optics technologies, and a pioneer in applications and
services. Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost
centres of research and innovation in communications technology.

With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most
experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is
a local partner with global reach.

The Company achieved revenues of Euro 16 billion in 2010 and is
incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris. For more information,
visit Alcatel-Lucent on: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com, read the latest posts
on the Alcatel-Lucent blog http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/blog and follow the
Company on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Alcatel_Lucent.

About the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation

The Alcatel-Lucent Foundation leads the company’s charitable activities.
Its mission is to “Provide youth – with a special focus on girls and young
women in targeted underserved communities – with access to education and life
skills programs that will help prepare them to seek employment, higher
education, and the opportunity to contribute as citizens and community
leaders.” The Foundation currently supports programs in France, the United
, and selected countries in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East,
Africa and Asia Pacific regions. For more background on the Foundation, visit:


About World Education, Inc.

For nearly sixty years the programs of World Education, Inc. have reached
out to individuals in over 50 countries around the world offering education
linked to increased equity of girls and women, improved livelihoods, better
health and greater engagement with a broader world. World Education
implements programs with local partners – communities, parent associations,
youth associations, local nongovernmental organizations, local and national
government, private corporations and international development agencies.
Programs are tailor-made to respond to local needs, and include direct
service delivery to beneficiaries as well as technical assistance and
capacity building for implementing partners. Information on World Education
can be found at www.worlded.org and follow the Company on Twitter:


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