The partnership between the World Bank, DIRECTV®, Microsoft and Discovery will provide educational television to students in the region.
More than 834 teachers and about 11,749 students in 21 middle and secondary schools will be benefit in Puerto Rico alone with “Escuela+”, an educational program aiming to bring high quality educational television to schools in Latin America and the Caribbean, created from a partnership between The World Bank, DIRECTV, Discovery Networks and Microsoft Corp.
The pilot of this program, launched in Puerto Rico is expected to roll-out in Chile, Colombia and several other Latin American countries.
Escuela+ will take advantage of existing satellite television capacity and leverage the wealth of educational material already available in Spanish. As part of Escuela+, DIRECTV will provide Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) allowing teachers to download and store up to 100 hours of programming. The major content provider will be Discovery Networks, while Microsoft will provide the technical training capacity.
The World Bank's role in this project is to assist with project coordination and evaluate the pilot to make recommendations to guide future roll-out, and includes working with the local Departments of Education to implement evaluation frameworks aimed at assessing the impact of Escuela+ on in the classroom.
The pilot project was lauched in 21 schools in Puerto Rico. 32 channels of content are being made available and can be stored and re-used by the teacher.
“We are pleased to be able to play a role in this Knowledge partnership. This is a superb example of how the Bank can work hand-in-hand with the private sector and our government counterparts to increase access to knowledge and opportunities for young people in the Region,” noted Stefan Koeberle, World Bank Director of Operations Services Department for the Latin America and the Caribbean Region.
Eduardo Velez Bustillo, Education Sector Manager for the Latin America and Caribbean region added that “this initiative is a clear example of a public-private partnership that will undoubtedly enhance the educational opportunities available to students and educators. The quality of the programming is quite remarkable and has the potential to improve the quality of education in these countries”.
If the pilot is successful, the partners believe that it will be possible to extend the geographic reach of the program as well as the content offered.
For more information on this project please contact the Region's Knowledge and Learning team: firstname.lastname@example.org