César Alierta, president of Fundación Telefónica, has participated as a speaker in the fifth session ” Technolocy Policy” of the Education World Forum, that took place in London from January 23 to 25and that was attended by 85 ministers of Education and 600 experts from 96 different countries.
During this session, César Alierta introduced the social and educational offer of Telefónica, one of the companies that invests the most in education in the world, and explained how the technological revolution is changing the model of society. In view of this situation, Alierta underlined the importance of adapting education to this new digital reality since the progress of society and the welfare of citizens depend on it, constituting the most powerful tool to reduce inequality and to lay the foundations for sustainable growth.
For this reason, in the social field, César Alierta introduced the ProFuturo project, leaded by Fundación Telefónica and Fundación Bancaria laCaixa, which provides quality digital education to children from developing countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. ProFuturo aims to transform the education of 10 million children at risk of social exclusion within the next 5 years.
The president of Fundación Telefónica has also highlighted the programs that Telefónica Educación Digital has been developing for more than 15 years in the educational and training innovation field, with open and free e-leaning platforms for teachers and to encourage the increase of STEM vocations among the younger ones; on the implementation of new digital careers; and also collaborating on the development of MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) through MiríadaX, the main MOOCs platform in Latin America and the first for non-English speakers in the world, with more than 3 million students in more than 600 courses from 95 universities and more than 2000 teachers in its academic community.
Other speakers have participated in this session, such as the World Bank’s Senior Education and Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Innovation in Education, Mike Trucano; the Prime Minister of Tanzania, Kassim Majaliwa; the Vice Minister of Palestine; and the founder of Computer Computerbasedmath.org and president of Wolfram in Europe, Conrad Wolfram, among others.