On 6th January 2020, ProFuturo Programme Supervisory Team has met to discuss key issues that may hinder the expansion of ProFuturo Programme in Ugandan Schools.
ProFuturo is an education programme launched in 2016 by Telefónica Foundation and “La Caixa” Foundation, whose mission is to narrow the education gap in the world by providing quality digital education for children in vulnerable environments in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
In Africa of Great Lakes (AGL) Province, the Programme is being rolled out by the Salesians of Don Bosco in close collaboration with the Ministries of Education in the beneficiary countries.
Carolyne Akiiki, ProFuturo Programme Manager in Uganda said that so far the issue of taxes is one of the challenges that may delay the expansion of this programme in Uganda.
Uganda has so far 11 schools that are benefiting from the Programme while in Rwanda 10 schools are benefiting with possible expansion of the programme to additional 40 schools.
“We discussed the issue of tax exemption to be able to extend the project to other schools. Secondly, we resolved the issue of improving project supervision and forming a clear working approach for the Salesians. It was agreed that one way to achieve this will be by maintaining communication between Uganda and Salesian AGL Provincial office in Kigali.” Akiiki explained.
The AGL Provincial Economer and Director of the Planning and Development Office Brother Twagirayezu Hubert appreciated the work done by Fr. Joseph Kizito Tibakula who has always worked tirelessly to supervise the project on behalf of the Office which has its Headquarters in Kigali, Rwanda.
Fr. Kizito was assigned the duty to work with Carolyne to achieve a tax exemption for all the Salesians projects in the country.
Another activity done in the meeting was to review a few components in the budget and giving coordinators appointments.
“On behalf of Profuturo team Uganda allow me to appreciate Br. Hubert the AGL Economer and Fr. Joseph Kizito for being part of this meeting. To the general coordinating body I take the honor to congratulate you upon completing all the assignments you were accorded last year whose success has led to your retention for the smooth running of the project. Happy new year to everyone.” Akiiki added.
In line with Goal 4 of the United Nations’ 2030 sustainable development agenda on access to equitable and inclusive quality education for all, ProFuturo aspires to become a world reference for transformation and innovation in education, improving the education of millions of children through technology.