In 2018, ProFuturo and the OAS signed a collaboration agreement with the main objective of narrowing the education gap in the Caribbean and providing quality digital education to students and teachers in vulnerable environments.
In this regard, in 2019 we began working in the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana and Saint Lucia in partnership with the different Ministries of Education in each of the countries. Five years after the first signature, we’re delighted to announce that, as of this year, our joint work will extend to nine other countries in the region: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
A partnership with thousands of beneficiaries
Our technology-based cooperation with the OAS has enabled us to reach more people through digital education and innovative experiences. Developing the digital skills essential for 21st-century teachers is one of our pillars.
Since the start of our work in 2019 we’ve achieved the following milestones:
- Delivery of technological equipment (laptops, tablets, routers, projectors, etc.) to 92 primary schools in the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana and Saint Lucia, as well as an offline classroom management system with access to digital content to personalise teaching in the classroom.
- Training in innovation and integration of ICT in the classroom for more than 9,900 teachers in the region.
- Teaching for more than 70 instructors and officials from Ministries of Education in the management of the OAS-ProFuturo project and pressing issues related to innovation and digital education.
- Formation of a community of practice among Caribbean Ministries of Education implementing the OAS-ProFuturo project to exchange best practices in digital education.
In addition to these results, at ProFuturo we can confirm that the transformational power of e-ducation is unlimited. The consistency of our educational programme has also resulted in the long-term implementation of our teaching and learning methodology as part of the digital strategy of the Ministries of Education:
In Guyana, ProFuturo’s range of training in innovation has been integrated into the education of new teachers at several schools and it is compulsory for teachers in the country seeking promotion. In Saint Lucia, Jump Math has become compulsory training for all primary school teachers at the country’s state schools. In Belize the Ministry has validated ProFuturo’s courses, bearing them in mind when it comes to teachers demonstrating their hours of training in order to renew their teaching licences.
If you want to find out more about our educational work with the OAS in the different Caribbean countries, you’ll find much more detailed information here.