The ProFuturo Foundation, in collaboration with its global partner, the World Vision Foundation International, has launched its digital education program in Luzon and Visayas (Philippines). The program began in the Philippines in 2017 thanks to an alliance between the Department of Education in the Mimaropa region and the Ayala Foundation Inc. Throughout 2019 ProFuturo hopes to benefit a total of 225 primary schools in the Philippines with the collaboration of its local partners.
The ProFuturo Foundation, alongside the World Vision Foundation International, increases its presence in the Philippines, thus consolidating its digital education program – already present in 28 countries – in that country. The event to present this new partnership took place in the Potrero Elementary School in Malabón, with the presence and support of senior representatives from the Philippine Government.
ProFuturo’s general manager, Ms. Sofía Fernández de Mesa, remarked that “a quality digital education increases student motivation, reduces their drop out rate and allows them to obtain the skills and abilities of the 21st century”. On the other hand, she added that it was “important having strong allies and partners to implement ProFuturo’s solution”.
The aim of ProFuturo is to improve the quality of education for boys and girls in Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa through digital education and in collaboration with local partners. With this undertaking, ProFuturo, aims to become a reference for transformation and innovation in education, improving training for teachers, and the education of millions of children through technology. The ProFuturo solution offers digital learning experiences, encourages collaborative work and continuous evaluation, and promotes the use of tools for monitoring and measuring impact.
The education proposal also incorporates the professional development of teaching staff through training, digital resources, and new teaching-learning and monitoring methodologies. To achieve this, its education solution is modulated and can be adapted to any environment and context, regardless of whether it has an Internet connection. Its digital resources are available in Spanish, French, English and Portuguese.
Reinforce teachers’ capabilities
The hallmarks of the ProFuturo digital education program at the global level are quality, sustainability, and access from everywhere, whether from remote rural areas, conflict zones or places suffering a humanitarian crisis.
Today’s event has highlighted the work already done in the Philippines to contribute to reinforcing teachers’ capabilities through new and innovative teaching tools and methodologies. The project started in December 2017, in collaboration with the Ayala Foundation and the Department of Education for the Mimaropa region, and has now reached 125 schools in the region, specifically in Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblón and Palawan.
“We are happy that this partnership with Profuturo will help enable our children to have equitable quality education as reflected in the sustainable development goals. We are also grateful to be working alongside different stakeholders like DepEd and the local governments in creating an environment where children will flourish and where they can reach their full potential,” said World Vision executive director, Rommel V. Fuerte.
The increase in activity in the Philippines that has been presented today is designed to reinforce the implementation of the project together with World Vision, and to guarantee its correct reception by the education community in the 100 schools that will benefit in Luzon and Visayas. The first steps took place in July 2018 with the training of a group of 20 teachers and a total of 17 regional coordinators recruited for the project, and who have continued the task of teacher training, reaching out to over 350 teachers in recent months. Today the project has the potential to ultimately benefit around 86,000 boys and girls in the Philippines.