Sofía Fernández de Mesa, General Manager of ProFuturo Foundation, and Oscar León, Executive Secretary of CITEL, signed a collaboration agreement to provide quality digital education to children in Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana and Jamaica. ProFuturo will offer an education proposal that is adapted and complementary to that offered by the Ministries of these Caribbean countries, focusing on the use of technology as a tool to improve educational quality.
Sofía Fernández de Mesa, General Manager of ProFuturo Foundation, and Oscar León, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), have signed a collaboration agreement at the headquarters of the international body in Washington DC to roll out the educational innovation programme promoted by ProFuturo in five countries of the Caribbean: Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana and Jamaica, which will start this year.
In accordance with the commitment signed by both institutions, ProFuturo will offer an innovative training and support proposal adapted to the educational context of the Ministries of these Caribbean countries, using technology as a tool to improve educational quality.
Moreover, the Secretary General of the OAS will provide support and act as the liaison between the member States of the Caribbean and locally to implement the programme in these countries, which will include the definition of a sustainability plan for the programme in the region.
In turn, the Ministries of Education of these five Caribbean countries will be responsible for rolling out the programme in their corresponding States, providing the human team required to roll it out, helping teachers throughout the process and identifying the main lines of action to prepare a sustainability plan for the programme.
The agreement is part of the objective set forth by ProFuturo Foundation for 2018, taking quality education to children in vulnerable environments and sectors in need in 33 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
On February 2017, the OAS and ProFuturo signed a framework agreement to promote digital education in Latin America and the Caribbean. The agreement was signed by César Alierta, President of the ProFuturo Foundation, and Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS, as part of the 2030 ICT America Partnership framework agreement. The signature of the agreement is part of the common goal of contributing to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG 4, associated with ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for everyone.