- The new version of the “Connected for the future” program, developed by VTR, TECHO-Chile and the Fundación La Protectora de la Infancia, will benefit children and teenagers from the communities of Puente Alto and Renca.
- Jointly with the input of equipment and connection, there is a capacity in digital literacy created by a body expert in the subject.
Lograr un “Chile sin brechas” is the first pillar of the Digital Transformation Strategy Chile 2035, which means advancing in a series of initiatives, programs and projects that allow guaranteeing access and appropriate use of technology for all citizens, without discriminaciones territorials, socioeconómicas, de género, ni de ningún tipo.
Based on this premise, which implies a public-private effort at the level of the country, the VTR company decided to take up this month a new version of the program “Connected for the Future”, the place of a successful first edition made in 2021 thanks to its alliance with TECHO -Chile and Fundación Protectora de la Infancia.
In this opportunity, 60 children and adolescents from a group of the Community of Huamachuco 3 in Renca, together with the one working in Techo-Chile and 60 other alumni from a group from Puente Alto, who are linked to the Fundación La Protectora de la Infancy, they were beneficiaries of the total purchase of 120 tablets, routers and chips of free mobile internet connection for 12 months, which will be available not only for students, unless they will be able to connect to the whole family. Additionally, the program includes a digital literacy capability taught by the School of Tech, experts in digitalization of children, toddlers and teenagers.
“This is a decisive and concrete step to reduce the digital gap in students who do not always have the possibility of having technological equipment and connectivity. Not only are we entering electronic devices, we are also connecting and, quizás lo más important, tools for the use of the internet beyond the capacities that we are entering these children, adolescents and young people, so that they can unfold with greater ease in it digital world”, replaced Cyntia Soto, director of corporate responsibility and sustainability of VTR.
On the other hand, Bárbara Callejas, director of social real estate at TECHO-Chile, indicated that “we positively value this program, which allows access to fundamental technological tools, as well as connectivity, thus shortening the digital gap of children, children and teenagers. This program will generate a digital voice in traditionally excluded communities, and with it the opportunity to participate in digital processes for the construction of its citizens, a mode that has taken force sobre all after the pandemic. This program is an example of the value of the association to contribute to the overcoming of poverty”.
From La Protectora de la Infancia, su Gerente General, José Manuel Ready, signaled that “we deeply value this initiative that we allow us to disminuir the digital gap in our students. It’s an important step, but it’s also certain that there’s a long way for us to travel to the heights of what children and nieces need for their full development and learning. We welcome the VTR compromise and we also have a call for other companies to collaborate with La Protectora and with each of the 10,000 children, children and young people who welcome and educate”.
After this project, students can access an online digital literacy course every hour, with basic contents such as creating an electronic mail, installing applications, using zoom and drive, recommendations for using the tablet and others digital devices, use of collaborative platforms, between others. This will help students who can also teach recursos to their fathers and family members who are not in the digital world.
It was possible to record that the first edition of “Connected for the Future” benefited 70 children and teenagers from the communities of Puente Alto, Maipú, Olmué, Pirque and Concepción, who also received equipment, connectivity and digital literacy.