ProFuturo Digital Education
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What we do?
ProFuturo is a digital education programme created by Telefónica Foundation and ¨la Caixa¨ Foundation to narrow the education gap in the world by improving the quality of education of boys and girls living in vulnerable environments throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.
Our vision is to improve the education of millions of children around the world through technology, becoming a global reference of transformation and innovation in education.
To implement our vision and mission, we seek to contribute to solving some of the many factors that trigger the education gap in the world. Specifically, it focuses on the elements that have a direct effect on education quality: the teaching and learning difficulties encountered by teachers and students, as well as the management and organisational limitations of schools, which hinder the improvement of learning.
We live in an increasingly digital world where the two keys to a country’s development are innovation and education. Aware of this, ProFuturo implements a Digital Education Framework that, through innovative digital teaching-learning experiences, enhances:
1. Teachers´ pedagogical and digital skills, and
2. Meaningful student learning.
The framework is modular and flexible, and can be personalised. It can be implemented in any vulnerable environment (conflict zones, or in remote, poor or rural areas), regardless of whether there is an Internet connection or not, and it can be adapted to each school and country.
Why we do it?
Educational quality is a pending task worldwide. According to UNESCO, 130 million children who attend school have not acquired basic knowledge after 4 years of schooling. In this situation, ProFuturo identifies the following key needs and challenges:
• Teacher training and qualification.
• A school-wide approach that enables students to meet the challenges of s. XXI.
Hence, the program focuses specifically on teachers, management teams and boys and girls, indirectly benefiting the rest of the educational community: families and communities, social, educational and institutional agents, and national, regional and local governments, among others.
ProFuturo Teacher Training Strategy
Given that teachers play a vital role in achieving a significant change in the quality of education, at ProFuturo we believe that transformation has to start by strengthening teacher professional development. We need to help equip teachers with 21st century skills, including ICT and innovation, and provide them with tools they need to change and improve education in the digital era.
ProFuturo´s Teacher Training Strategy follows a cascade approach, whereby training is conducted at two levels: ProFuturo experts train a group of coaches that in-turn train teachers. The training is delivered in a blended way: both online and face-to-face.
The strategy introduces teachers gradually into the use of innovative digital teaching-learning experiences and of technology in their teaching practice. To so, in a first phase, teachers learn more broadly what is educational innovation and how introducing technology in the classroom can facilitate their teaching practice and improve student learning. The idea is to motivate them, generate a positive attitude towards innovation and encourage the introduction of technology in schools. This is especially important in places where access and use of technology remains scarce. In the following phases of the training, teachers start to use ProFuturo´s digital resources to strengthen their pedagogical and digital skills and to learn how to adopt innovative practices in the classroom.
Trainings are very practical, providing teachers with tools that they can use on a daily basis with their students. The framework provides a long-term approach to training, and teachers receive continuous pedagogical and technical support from coaches and the ProFuturo team.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ProFuturo has had to replace its blended training format to distance training, especially at the early phases when ProFuturo´s equipment is not used. To reach teachers with no Internet connection or computers, ProFuturo has developed workbooks that were physically delivered to their homes and adapted lessons to other formats such as radio podcasts and videos that could be shared using smartphones and downloaded barely using data.
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