Digital Education

The Digital Education Project was born from Cooperand’s desire to offer academic opportunities to Latin American boys and girls aged 14 years old, who reside in the homes enrolled at the Don Bosco Project, as well as to boys and girls from different homes, students from the Young College of Bolivia, and neighbouring districts with limited resources.

The Andorran government, the country of Carla Riestra President of Cooperand, along with the Don Bosco Project, which Carla has collaborated with for many years, sought to develop a way to achieve a project that offers different professional trainings, ensures jobs and is self-sufficient, becoming a source of income for the Instituto Mamà Margarita, Centro de Enseñanza Alternativo which houses the Digital Education Project.

Carla, with more than 14 years of experience in education, and Sergio, with 30 years of experience in the business and technological world, collaborating with the experience on the ground of the managers of Don Bosco and Ofprobol (Santa Cruz Office for Project Management of the Salesians), were able to set up a project that combined classrooms to teach vocational training and an Incubator (last year studies’ program) of productive experience which could provide feedback for the future.
Having in mind a crucial premise for a successful outcome, which is to ensure the greatest possible number of real jobs at the end of the students’ training in Bolivia, the project is focused on providing training in one of the fastest growing sectors and with the highest demand in the market: Information Technologies.

DIGITAL EDUCATION PROJECT
Everyone involved in the development of this project covers all the necessary and essential elements to ensure its long-term success:
  • The Government of Andorra provides the necessary equipment to develop the project along with the investments in software licenses and the development of the necessary solutions for the training management and the project production.
  • The Don Bosco Project provides classrooms and teachers needed to conduct the training.
  • Cooperand provides knowledge to develop courses, training hours for specific training tools and the management of the Incubator.
The Digital Education Project provides training courses in the following fields: Digital Solutions Consultant, Application Development for Mobile Devices, Integrated Solutions in the Cloud, Digital Integrated Security Specialists, etc. The demand for these careers is high in the market and they all offer a great projection. However, some ensure getting a job more easily than others once the training is completed.
It is therefore a basic requirement of the project, not to start new career paths unless we can ensure at least 20 jobs for the first graduates from each vocational training course. The project will not have much of a future if our recent graduates can not find skilled employment. At the end of the day, the motivation that pushes all our students to make the necessary efforts to reach the end of their training, is simply getting a tool that ensures their integration into the workplace as adults and in society as people who fully contribute to it.

DIGITAL SOLUTIONS CONSULTANT
The first year of the Digital Education Project, keeping in mind to ensure real jobs at the end of the course, focuses on training in developing digital solutions for business management (Digital Solutions Consultant).

This course offers three years of theoretical training covering all aspects of the Advanced Office, Basic and Advanced training as a consultant in FileMaker Platform development as well as training in entrepreneurship. There is also year of practical training already working on real processes for different customers that work with the Incubator.

This training covers 2,400 hours required by the Bolivian Ministry of Education to issue the corresponding degree of Technician, together with the certificate issued by the Instituto Mamà Margarita and the possibility for the student who may be interested, to obtain a degree as certified FileMaker Consultant, an official certification from one of the most recognized American companies in the sector of new technologies, subsidiary company of the first world company in the TI sector, Apple Inc.

How does the Digital Education Project ensure jobs?
After having developed first a comprehensive digital solution which helps managing the entire Don Bosco Project, and in 2015, a different one for a corporate business in Santa Cruz, all combined with the development platform that is taught in training course (Digital Solutions Consultant), it is necessary to ensure jobs which can provide the maintenance, upgrades, modifications and extensions of these digital solutions. The aforementioned corporate business will need more than 30 jobs nationwide in the coming years.

All this effort must be carried out without leaving aside the commercial task achieved with the team of the Office for Job Placement and all the "Friends of the Don Bosco Project.” All of them are offered the implementation, free of charge, of a solution in their business management for a given area, which they define, (a solution developed with the FileMaker Platform, the core of the training given to the students in the course of Digital Solutions Consultant). The customer, in return, agrees to use the services of our students, already graduated as consultants for the maintenance and subsequent modifications of their products. In other words, they offer new jobs for the project.

Thus, after three years of training, students will live in the Incubator with our professional staff. They will already operate in the national market and start working and getting their first salary, as well as getting used to work in the market led by the Digital Education Project, so that after one year, they will be able to work on their own with customers, or continue in the Incubator.

Girls, boys, your future is in your hands. If you want to have a good opportunity to guarantee yourself a future job and ensure your life, Digital Education is a good way!!!
 
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  • Digital Education
    The Digital Education Project was born from Cooperand’s desire to offer academic opportunities to Latin American boys and girls aged 14 years old, who reside in the homes enrolled at the Don Bosco Project, as well as to boys and girls from different homes, students from the Young College of Bolivia, and neighbouring...
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    Therapeutic Support at Casa Maín

    Casa Maín welcomes 120 girls, teenagers and children who come from unstructured families and environments with severe risks of social exclusion and, in many cases, directly from the streets. All of them are supplied everything they need to be able to grow as human beings and to reintegrate into society, with an academic and ethical education, giving them basic needs such as food, clothing, care and different hygiene and health treatments.

    However, all of them have suffered heavy trauma before arriving to the foster home, and must be treated professionally. Otherwise, when they reach adulthood and leave the foster home, and despite the personal and professional preparation they have received, they will fall into the same mistakes that they experienced prior to their entry into the home. They will unconsciously repeat the same behaviour as their parents and end up in their same situations and eventually lose their daughters.

    It is for this reason that Cooperand launched in late 2013 a project aimed at giving psychological support by providing the services of a psychologist who attends the foster home 12 hours a week and treats all the girls who have suffered abuse, exploitation and ill-treatment. We are planning to increase this service to eight hours a day every week, and therefore be able to provide a more appropriate attention suited to the population of girls, teenagers and young adults at the home.

    Since August 2015, Casa Molines Patrimonis has taken on this project, increasing the hours of psychological attention service and starting with a new area of ​​psychopedagogy, which will complement the work of the therapist attending the needs of all girls and children residing at the home.
  • The two wells that serviced Casa Maín were not operational because of years of use (over 10), and the increase in the number of women residing at the home since its construction.

    The situation was uncomfortable and unhealthy since the home would undergo constant surface discharges of sewage. The stagnation of these s...

    Construction Of Septic Tanks

    The two wells that serviced Casa Maín were not operational because of years of use (over 10), and the increase in the number of women residing at the home since its construction.

    The situation was uncomfortable and unhealthy since the home would undergo constant surface discharges of sewage. The stagnation of these sewage waters on the home grounds had as a consequence the appearance of multiple health complications and the dreaded dengue in the summer, a disease that kills hundreds of people every year in the city of Santa Cruz. The proposal was based on expanding the existing wells along with the building of new pipelines and two new wells.
    The deadlines were 1 month of work for each of the two infrastructures at the home. The improvements began on 1 September 2013 and ended on 31 October 2013.
  • It was agreed to implement a platform that would encompass all the modules which needed to be controlled within a solid system customer/server, with the possibility of subsequent extensions, capable of working on different operating systems from different access environments and providing a simple and inexpensive ma...

    Digital Management Of Don Bosco Project

    It was agreed to implement a platform that would encompass all the modules which needed to be controlled within a solid system customer/server, with the possibility of subsequent extensions, capable of working on different operating systems from different access environments and providing a simple and inexpensive maintenance.

    The optimization of staff and economic resources, the centralization of shopping and online management will make the PDB needs for viability easier and more effective to manage. It will also permit to obtain reductions in expenditure and increases in productivity, and a more exhaustive control of all processes.

    In the long term, and integrating the process by phases, we will implement a unified management which controls and optimizes the work of all areas covered by the Project.

    • Control to the educational access for girls and boys
    • Management of the Homes
    • Management of Schools
    • Management of Institutes
    • Management of Training Centres
    • Management of Warehouses
    • Management of the boys
    • Scholar History
    • Medical Records
    • Psychological records
    • Teaching children to save money
    • Sponsors’ chain
    • Welfare : occupational reintegration
    • Management of Customers and Suppliers
    • Staff and wages payment management
    • Treasury Management
    • Budgets Management
    • External International Projects Management
    • Management of the Salesian community
    • Management of the recreational Centre


    The final proposal presented, developed and implemented in the PDB is based on a solution with the following aspects to be highlighted:

    • A solution based in the control team from the Administration department
    • A platform owned by one of the first software developers worldwide (update tool guaranteed and adaptation to new industry standards)
    • RAD development tool. Easy deployment Solution (object-oriented architecture, user design tools, automatization of processes, spiral development, etc.) which results in quick development, integration of graphic interface, GUI, user adaptation, low cost maintenance.
    • Development tool taught at the Institute Mamà Margarita, " Solutions Technician" which will allow those who sign up for it to continue working on the maintenance program in the future.
    • Development platform accessible at the web, with the Windows Operating System, MacOX and mobile devices with iOS system.
    • Data dumping (tables codes, staff, students, children, homes, production facilities, warehouse products, ...) to start the management is included in the solution.
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