ProFuturo will shortly fulfil its dream of taking quality education to schools in Nigeria. With this objective, César Alierta, vice-president of Fundación ProFuturo, has travelled to Abuya, the capital of the country, to sign a collaboration agreement with Kashim Shettima, president of the Northern Governor’s Forum and the Governor of the State of Borno, the Archbishop of Kaduna, Matthew Man-oso Ndagoso, representing the Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, and Matthew Hassan Kukah, founder of the Kukah Centre.
The agreement will be implemented and coordinated by a centre of interfaith dialogue, the Kukah centre. This entity is promoted by Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto. It plans pilot projects in 120 schools in the north of the country, to benefit around 70,000 Muslim and Catholic children.
The project will start up in June with the identification of schools. It will continue with teacher training in September, to be progressively implemented in 120 schools throughout the 2017-2018 school year.
According to César Alierta, this is the reason why ProFuturo was founded with the goal of providing “equal opportunities to girls and boys in vulnerable environments, through personalized and innovative quality education, able to transform their learning and to provide tools for the future”. “We are convinced that we have the best opportunity of using technology to speed up development and social well-being of citizens, through digital education”, added Mr. Alierta.
An active project in 13 countries
ProFuturo was created with the aim of transforming the education of 10 million children by 2020. It currently has active projects in thirteen countries, including Angola, Uganda, Colombia, Peru, Kenya, Tanzania and Guatemala. Also, there are already 326 schools and over 1,500 teachers who are implementing the digital education model and around 3 million children have received quality digital education through the education programmes of Fundación Telefónica.