América Móvil and the Carlos Slim Foundation have partnered to remove one of the biggest barriers to individuals' ability to learn and advance in society: high costs.
The free, online education platform Aprende.org promotes inclusive education through digital programs from the Carlos Slim Foundation in the areas of health, education and culture, as well as and training for employment. Aprende's students can access a wide range of curriculum, from general interest up to graduate level courses using online class platforms such as Courcera, Udacity and edX, with a choice of programs developed by MIT, Harvard, Berkley College and Sorbonne University, among other higher education organizations. Students can choose from 134 courses with the option to receive technical and vocational certifications, or a diploma validated by Mexico's Department of Education. They also gain access to job listings and information on wellness initiatives.
This inclusive platform is free of charge to anyone on América Móvil's networks in Mexico, Panamá and Dominican Republic.
“In the 21st century, access to telecommunications services and the internet opens a world of possibilities for advancement. Connection means empowerment: the more connected, the stronger society becomes,” said Daniel Hajj, CEO of América Móvil. “Solving poverty is not just a moral and ethical commitment, but a requirement for economic growth, progress and overall development. In working with the Carlos Slim Foundation, we found a way to place educational tools and resources in subscribers' hands, making what used to be economically unattainable, now affordable and within reach.”
Two years after the original launch of the program, Aprende.org reported that its platform helped more than 1.25 million students from 192 countries. Mexico currently holds the largest number of subscriptions. The Foundation, along with its partners, including América Móvil, have an ambitious goal to substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills for employment and entrepreneurship by 2030. The group is also working to ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training.
Hajj stated: “Our duty in the countries in which we operate is to continue being a catalyst for growth and inclusion, allowing more active participation. We are committed to leveraging our technologies and resources to reduce the digital divide and help transform the quality of life for people in the communities in which we operate. It is through education that we can evolve our world for the better and we are pleased to have the opportunity to make such valuable resources accessible to all, regardless of age, gender or economic status.”