ICTs as an essential tool to improve quality of education in Latin America: the Aulas Fundación Telefónica.
Aulas Fundación Telefónica is a digital inclusion project that promotes information and communication technology use as an essential tool in improving education quality in Latin America.
The goal is to help boys and girls successfully acquire the necessary competencies and abilities to get on in a digital society via information, accompaniment, and experimentation with innovative methodologies, targeted towards teachers of diverse educational settings.
Aulas Fundación Telefónica poses its formative strategy in all Latin American countries where Telefónica has a presence. There are 4 lines of action (Connectivity, Training and accompaniment, Education experiences, and Measuring impact) and a presence in public schools, hospitals, and community centres, in which the educator is the focus of intervention, since part of the philosophy of contributing to educational change involves valuing the teachers’ work. To do so, they focused on differential innovation that offers cultural change and new ways of approaching the reality of schools and the teaching and learning process, including the incorporation of technology and the children being protagonists, alongside the teachers, of the Digital School.
Since its foundation in 2009, Aulas Fundación Telefónica has trained 26,361 teachers. 606,303 boys, girls, and adolescents have benefited from that training. Additionally, it has received numerous prizes, including, mostly recently, the Premio Codespa 2015 for Best Solidarity Project and the Premio Arturo Uslar Pietri de ‘El Nacional’, in Venezuela (2014).