ProFuturo: 6 years improving the digital skills of children and teachers

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Already more than 1.1 million teachers and nearly 23.4 million school children in 40 countries have benefited.


We are celebrating! Our digital education programme ProFuturo celebrates its sixth anniversary bridging the global digital divide in vulnerable environments in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. Several studies highlight that the project reduces school absenteeism, improves digital skills, as well as increasing student motivation, among others.

This body of studies and research highlights some of the benefits of ProFuturo, such as:

  • reducing absenteeism and school drop-outs
  • improving the digital skills of children and teachers
  • increasing motivation to go to school and the commitment of families with the education of their children.

A 2021 report carried out in Philippines by the Ayala Foundation reveals that 92 % of students say they have a more positive outlook on life after taking part of the ProFuturo programme.

Another study carried out in Angola notes that delays in students’ arrival at school have been reduced, an indicator that ProFuturo resources are an important incentive for children’s learning.

In relation to the learning process, research points to an improvement of technological and digital skills in reading, arithmetic and self-learning competences, according to research carried out in Ecuador.

Moreover, a 2021 study at the University Carlos III of Madrid to measure the impact of ProFuturo in Zimbabwe points out that the programme increases the commitment of parents and guardians to their children’s education.

And in Brazil, there has been a greater willingness to pursue further professional training.




ProFuturo: moving forward

On 14 July 2016, the Chairman of Fundación Telefónica, César Alierta, and the Chairman of the “la Caixa” Foundation, Isidro Fainé, signed a strategic alliance for the joint development of this ambitious project.

Six years later, ProFuturo has benefited from:

  • more than one million teachers
  • 23.4 million children in 40 countries from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.

The programme is implemented in 9,300 schools in places as diverse as the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, the southern and eastern provinces of Sierra Leone and the informal Syrian refugee settlements in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.

“We are proud to see how our programme is reaping the rewards of the work carried out over the past six years”.

Magdalena Brier general manager of ProFuturo

New technology and more educational innovation

ProFuturo is six years old and is also in the midst of a transformation. It recently completed the definition of its new technological solution, a new learning management system which is available in open source.

Progress is also being made in applying data analytics to its entire digital ecosystem. A strategic line of work for a new monitoring and evaluation system to be able to make decisions for improvement.

ProFuturo: 6 years improving the digital skills of children and teachers
ProFuturo: 6 years improving the digital skills of children and teachers