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This ambitious initiative is underpinned by two major institutions, Telefónica Foundation and “La Caixa” Banking Foundation, who decided to join forces and pool their experience in the world of education to give children from vulnerable environments access to a quality educational experience and to work to offer equality of opportunity to every child.
Both institutions are leaders known for their social work in the education sector, and collaborate to improve education around the world, guided by the absolute conviction that digital education has the power to narrow the education gap, reduce poverty and improve people’s lives.
The need for expanding education is now more necessary than ever before, which is why, with their work through ProFuturo, Telefónica Foundation and “La Caixa” Banking Foundation devote all their experience to transforming education in the most vulnerable environments. They are doing this through digital education. Technology offers the opportunity to reach more people in less time, and to adapt and personalize the teaching to each learning environment.
“If leveraged in the right way and made universally accessible, digital technology can be a game changer for children being left behind – whether because of poverty, race, ethnicity, gender, disability, displacement or geographic isolation – connecting them to a world of opportunity and providing them with the skills they need to succeed in a digital world. But unless we expand access, digital technology may create new divides that prevent children from fulfilling their potential”. The work of ProFuturo in Latin America, Africa and Asia since July 2016 has focused on combating this educational and digital divide.
Telefónica Foundation and “La Caixa” Banking Foundation, committed to education
Telefónica Foundation is one of the world’s leading investors in digital education. It has been working in Latin America for over 12 years to offer better opportunities to children through quality digital education. In 2005, it launched the Proniño initiative in order to eradicate poverty in the most vulnerable areas. This initiative provided education to half a million child laborers and collaborated with their families, schools and communities to improve their situation.
Telefónica Foundation and Telefónica have extensive experience in the field of education and over 600 education experts. They have developed numerous projects to contribute to training students, teachers and families and to encourage entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation in education. Some of these recent projects include Aulas Fundación Telefónica, Entre Profes, Escuelas Creativas and Transformación de Escuelas in Latin America. Thanks to this experience, contents, methodologies and good practices have been incorporated into the ProFuturo program so that they can be rolled out in schools in Latin America, Africa and Asia
“La Caixa” Banking Foundation
“La Caixa” Banking Foundation is the leading Spanish foundation in social investment and one of the major foundations worldwide. Through its Obra Social program, it dedicates a large part of its overall budget to helping the most vulnerable groups, particularly children, placing a big focus on education. It has active international projects in Latin America and Africa in countries like Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Egypt, Burundi and Kenya.
Its commitment to education is developed through different lines: socio-educational actions, promotion of young talent and educational actions. In the socio-educational sphere, it has carried out programs such as CaixaProinfancia since 2007, aimed at households with children from 0 to 16 years of age in vulnerable situations. The objective of this program is to break the cycle of poverty through pro-education and health services. In 2016, 63,600 children were served. In addition, since 1982, with the aim of promoting young talent, “la Caixa” Banking Foundation annually announces a scholarship program aimed at students who wish to extend their training by completing postgraduate studies. Since its inception, 4,350 scholarships have been granted to complete PhDs in Spain, in research centers of excellence, and abroad (Europe, North America or Asia). Finally, through EduCaixa it promotes rigorous and quality educational actions aimed at the holistic development of students, teachers and principals in order to promote the transformation and improvement of education; in line with Goal 4 of the United Nations’ 2030 sustainable development agenda to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all. In 2017, EduCaixa’s initiative benefited more than 2.3 million children and around 10,000 educational centers participated in the project.
Annually, “la Caixa” Banking Foundation promotes more than 50,000 initiatives, of which close to 11 million people benefit.
Board of Trustees of Fundación ProFuturo:
– Chairman: Mr. César Alierta Izuel, in his capacity as President of Fundación Telefónica.
– Vicechairman: Mr. Isidro Fainé Casas on behalf of Fundación Bancaria Caixa d’Estalvis i Pensions de Barcelona, “la Caixa”.
– Member Trustee: Mr. José María Álvarez-Pallete López.
– Member Trustee: Mr. Jaume Giró Ribas, in the capacity of General Manager of Fundación Bancaria Caixa d’Estalvis i Pensions de Barcelona, “la Caixa”.
– Member Trustee: Mr. Luis Blasco Bosqued.
– Secretary: (Non-member): Mr. Pablo de Carvajal González
– General Manager: Ms. Sofía Fernández de Mesa Echeverría.
– Deputy General Director: Mr. Javier Bertolín
– Product and Innovation Director: Ms. Paula Valverde
– Operations Director: Ms. Lola Martínez-Bernabéu
– Global Alliances and Institutional Relations: Ms. Leticia de Rato
– Financial Control: Ms. Blanca Meléndez
– Compliance: Mr. Alejandro Gil
– Legal: Ms. Amparo Íñigo
Special mention should be given to Julio Rimoldi. From the beginning, he has been a key figure in the ideation and founding of this initiative, as well as promoter of the strategic alliance and a link to his Holiness and the Vatican. He currently holds the position of strategic advisor.
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