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The transforming power of e-ducation

ProFuturo is an educational innovation program based in the use of technology with the goal to reduce the educational gap in the world by providing quality education to boys and girls living in vulnerable environments in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. ProFuturo’s intervention models are based on evidence provided by continuous monitoring processes, research and evaluation.

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Teachers for a Changing World

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Target group
Students basic
April 2024
Narrowing the growing education gap in the world through innovative learning and digital innovation. ProFuturo pilots innovations at a considerable scale (through a cascade intervention model), and shares its results and methodologies with authorities and institutions that have the resources (and/or the mandate) to scale them at national, regional or global level.

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

Two major Spanish institutions, Telefónica Foundation and “la Caixa” Foundation, joined their forces and their experience, both in in the field of education and child care, to create ProFuturo under the belief that digital education is a extremely powerful tool to improve the quality of education worldwide and a great mean to reach the most vulnerable.

What does your innovation look like in practice?

ProFuturo combines educational digital resources for primary school children -accessible through an open source LMS- with teacher training, educational assistance and technical support, and a monitoring and evaluation system to measure and assess the impact of the programme. If needed, ProFuturo also provides schools with technological equipment.

ProFuturo relies on innovative teaching methodologies with which seek to help teachers and students develop skills to face the challenges of the 21st century.

ProFuturo adapts its work to the different contexts and has 3 main intervention models: a Comprehensive Model, that addresses key elements to achieve educational quality; a Humanitarian Context Model, adapted to educational needs in emergency contexts; and a Massive Open Digital Education Model that offers open educational content, accessible online, and virtual or in-person teacher training courses.

How has it been spreading?

ProFuturo considers schools as its units of intervention and teachers and school managers as the leaders of transformation. The programme works therefore at the “micro” level and has a bottom-up approach (being this the only way to promote transformation in countries where the capacity, outreach and resources of public administrations are limited).
The programme has also a “meso” level intervention, as it operates at a significant scale and in very diverse environments, aiming to demonstrate that, by fulfilling a series of hypotheses, and taking them to scale, educational transformation, trough digital means, takes place.
From 2016 to 2023 the ProFuturo programme has impacted directly the education of 4,3 million children and trained 1,6 million teachers.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

ProFuturo´s Educational Resources for students and teacher training courses are available, for free, on its website:
The other "componets" of the programme can be seen by visiting a school.

Impact & scalability

Impact & Scalability

ProFuturo Digital Education is working towards quality education for all by providing teacher training and qualification as well as a a school-wide approach that enables students to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. This specific framework ensures increased sustainability and spread by targeting teachers and school leaders and hence having a greater impact on students.

HundrED Academy Reviews

This project appears to already be scaling up and reaching many countries around the world. Bridging the gap between traditional and digital education, helping to find solutions, not just to developing new pedagogy, but also sustainable technology infrastructure.

In my experience the innovation has a well laid out mechanism to support implementation, partnering with local organizations and government especially in the co-creation and design of the project with the locals has a great effect on my context (Kenya).

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We continue to expand our Teacher Professional Development project in Africa | ProFuturo
ProFuturo, UPSA and Telefónica renew their digital education cathedra | ProFuturo
Digital education in humanitarian contexts | ProFuturo
Changing course, transforming education | ProFuturo
ProFuturo in renowned international publications | ProFuturo
Teachers: Transforming by Educating | ProFuturo
ProFuturo, winner of the WISE 2021 Award for Educational Innovation | ProFuturo
Do you know what ProFuturo’s three intervention models are? | ProFuturo
5 years leading the future of education | ProFuturo
ProFuturo participated in the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2021 organised by the UN | ProFuturo
ProFuturo expands its refugee work to Rwanda and Tanzania so as to contribute to the improvement of the education of 16,800 children in 2021 | ProFuturo
ProFuturo Education application is here | ProFuturo
ProFuturo, finalist in the WISE 2021 educational innovation awards | ProFuturo
Our wish for 2021: that children go back to school for good | ProFuturo
ProFuturo helps five million children throughout the world continue the school year during the pandemic | ProFuturo
The importance of quality education in times of pandemic | ProFuturo
An international day for protecting education from attack | ProFuturo
Driving teacher training in Africa | ProFuturo
Four years looking ahead | ProFuturo
Teacher training courses open for all
ProFuturo joins forces with UNESCO to combat the impact of Covid-19 on education
Our educational resources for institutions
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Techno-educational solutions in ProFuturo vulnerable environments
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Implementation steps

Identifying an implementing partner
ProFuturo is a programme that is implemented through local partners.
These are well established organisations whoe are key actors on the management and implementation of the programme, contribute to the understanding of local needs, and actively participate in the Monitoring and Evaluation of the programme, in order to make continuous improvement.
Initial definition and sizing
In collaboration with the implementing partner, ProFuturo makes a selection of areas of intervention and target schools; carries out a Diagnosis of each school; Defines objectives and budget; prepares legal documentation; Manages tax exemptions for the delivery of the equipment; signs agreements and sends the funds.
Preparation and delivery of the programme
In this phase, the implementing partner hires local staff (program coordinator and coaches), ProFuturo implements is 3 phase training programme; there is a process of Raising Awareness in the community that will "host" the programme; conversations with local and education authorities take place and equipment is sent to schools.
Implementation and Monitoring
Once the programme is running in schools, continous support is given at local level (coaches) and at 2 more levels (national and international) both in pedagogic and technological matters; there are refresh trainings offered to school principals and teachers; there is communication about the project and procedures for data collection for evaluation purposes are established.

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