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The Spanish company is present in 7 regions and two municipalities. With an investment of US $ 1 million, the company entered Peru a year ago and plans to extend its program to all regions of the country.
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A total of 300 thousand students from the provinces of Lucanas (Ayacucho) and Maynas (Loreto), as well as the regions of Junin, Huanuco, Cusco, Ica, Apurimac and Lima provinces, are participating in an educational digital project by Educaline, a Spanish company with 11 years of experience in developing digital content.
The need to modernize our education system is reinforced by the PISA results obtained by Peru, which occupied the last place in reading, math, and science among 65 participating countries.
For Miguel Angel Temprano, Educaline’s CEO, it was necessary to go for a radical change in education. “If Peru is only going to strengthen the current system, it is not going to change anything. I come from a country where to improve education has reduced the number of students per classroom, but the new generations don’t learn more. The conclusion is that these educational systems, don’t work. We must undertake a radical change and apparently it comes from the digital route. Two countries which occupied key positions in the reports of Pisa, South Korea, and Finland, have a 100% of implementation of educational technologies based on digital content, it seems that this it is the way”, he says.
In the year, Educaline has been operating in the country, and the results have been promising. According to a study developed for Universidad de Lima, its final pedagogical reports that 95% of teachers involved in the project, said that with the use of this technological and educational tool, the students learn more.
And the 97% of students involved, also recognized to have learned more.
“The results collected in Peru are not different from those of any other country in which we are present,” stresses Temprano, highlighting that the company decided to expand its operations to Latin America three years ago and now is present in Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Paraguay, and plans to start operations in Ecuador, Costa Rica, and the southern US.
The Educaline proposal is based on providing the content of the official curriculum of each country, adapted to a digital environment. The student learns based on audiovisual media, videos, simulations, games that are developed on a PC or tablet, and allows the teacher to provide a more personalized and interactive education. Educaline also trains 100% of teachers who will be in charge of using the program.
“When we arrive at one school, we mark the group on the basis of the group who know less. In some cases we start at the point of “How to turn on a computer”, and after passing through the use of ICT, we teach the handling of the product and finally, we train about the use of pedagogical tools”, Temprano said.
“We explain to the teachers that their role changes, it is not about that they are trying to compete with Google, but they are mentors and facilitators of learning. The final test for them is to prepare a real class using digital tools that we have given them”.
After the pilot phase, the program will remain in public schools who purchase Educaline licenses. The investment for each regional government, to have available for one year all the digital program in Spanish and English, including the previous, actual and subsequent grade (in case they need to consult or advance some courses), is between US $ 10 and US $ 20 per child.
“Compared with paper prices, the difference is overwhelming. Many authorities have realized, and in the vast majority of Peruvian regions our presence will continue to grow. There are two very clear cases, Cusco and Huacho, where we advanced in a very important way, there are also areas where we can not move forward, as Ice and Huanuco, but I can say that the agreements reached in Peru with the various regional governments, suppose that Educaline will deliver the greatest number of licenses in Latin America”, Temprano said.