19 January 2018

ProFuturo in 30 seconds

ProFuturo is one of the largest digital education projects in the world, and it is promoted by Fundación Telefónica and the “La Caixa” Banking Foundation, who have placed their expertise at the service of this cause to transform education in the most vulnerable environments.

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The ProFuturo project was born in the year 2016 and has since managed to reach 5.6 million boys and girls around the world by the end of 2017. Estimates suggest that this figure will increase to 7.7 by the end of this year.


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ProFuturo: Committed to reducing the digital divide

“If digital technology is properly used and made accessible universally, it could change the lives of those children who have been left behind (due to poverty, their ethnic origin, gender, a disability, travel or geographical isolation), by connecting them to numerous opportunities and providing them with the skills they need to be successful in a digital world. But unless we increase access, digital technology may create new divides which prevent these children from reaching their full potential”.

This is how the latest UNICEF report on ‘The State of the World’s Children 2017‘ published a few weeks ago, opens. Just as the study shows, 29% of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 (346 million people) do not have Internet access.

This situation is accentuated on the African continent, where 60% of young people cannot connect to the Internet, compared to just 4% in Europe.

In addition, 56% of websites around the world are in English, which means that children who only speak minority languages, or who don’t have the chance to learn this second language, cannot find the content they need for their education.


ProFuturo: Committed to reducing the educational divide

According to data offered by UNICEF and UNESCO, 12% of the poorest people (over 170 million) would escape from poverty if all students in their country had a basic education. What is more, a child born to a mother who can read has a 50% better chance of surviving over the age of 5.

The 4th Sustainable Development Goal proposes that the world work to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. César Alierta, President of ProFuturo and President of Fundación Telefónica, leads this field of work as the Global Advisor for the SDG Fund for Digital Education and Sustainable Development of the United Nations.

ProFuturo: Committed to equal opportunities

ProFuturo, one of the largest digital education projects in the world, driven by Fundación Telefónica and the “La Caixa” Banking Foundation, was created to reduce these educational and digital divides, to enable all the boys and girls in the world to have the same opportunities. Their challenge is to reduce the educational divide, providing a quality digital education in vulnerable environments. With its work, ProFuturo aspires to become a global transformation and educational innovation benchmark to improve the education of millions of children through technology.

From its beginnings in 2016, almost 6 million children from 23 countries have been able to access a quality educational system adapted to their needs thanks to ProFuturo. The goal for 2018 is to enable 7.7 million children to benefit from this initiative.

ProFuturo’s educational proposal is characterised by its quality, its sustainability over time, and its access to all areas, be they areas that are vulnerable, rural, remote or in a situation of conflict or humanitarian crisis. To achieve this, their educational solution is modular and adapts to any environment and context, with or without connectivity, and is available in Spanish, French, English and Portuguese, the official languages where the project is present. It does this with the objective of providing 10 million children currently at risk of social exclusion with the best education possible in 2020.