In February 2020, Oracle Academy Latin America signed two new partnership agreements covering more than 90,000 students in Honduras and El Salvador. These agreements will help both countries provide free industry-relevant computing education curriculum and technology resources to students and provide them with the workforces and digital capabilities they need to compete in the 21st century.
In San Salvador, El Salvador, on February 6, 2020, Oracle Academy signed an agreement with the Government of El Salvador through its Secretariat of Innovation. The agreement will promote computer science as a mechanism of economic and social development, providing programming courses in educational curriculum, and will benefit 87,000 students and 3,200 teachers from seven Megatec centers and 350 schools in the FOMILENIO II project. The agreement aims to train these educators in Java and database skills. Java is a programming language used in 97% of business computers in the world and more than 3,000 million mobile devices, making it a key tool for the development of future generations.
As the program’s first phase, 200 teachers will be trained, followed by a “train the trainer” program to spread knowledge to more teachers. Over the three years of the agreement, educators also will receive information on and training in using the Oracle Academy online learning platform, curriculum, and learning resources.
This agreement is part of the government strategy of President Nayib Bukele and his commitment to provide new tools to young people to face the challenges demanded by the Fourth Industrial Revolution and help them compete for better job opportunities and a different future than they face today. The strategic plan was developed and coordinated by the Ministry of Education (MINED) and the Secretariat of Innovation of the Presidency of El Salvador.
For the Ministry of Innovation, working with education programs is one of the main axes within the recently launched Digital Agenda. The Secretary of Innovation, Vladimir Handal, notes that technological conditions must be promoted and enabled for the academic sector to develop skills that today are demanded in the labor sector and that open opportunities internationally. “Our challenge is to update the educational curriculum, and that young people from their basic education learn to program in Java,” he said.
On February 4, 2020, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Oracle Academy signed an alliance with the Honduras Ministry of Education to benefit more than 3,000 students in 12 public schools, four Women's City (Cuidad Mujer) centers, and six INFOP regional offices.
The agreement will promote computer science as a mechanism of economic and social development within the country. More than 3,000 Honduran students will receive programming classes within their educational curriculum, and more than 190 teachers will be trained in teaching Java and database technologies over three years.
As a first phase, 70 teachers will be trained in 2020, and those teachers will then share their knowledge gained with the rest of the educators involved in the project.
Through these resources, teachers and students are expected to learn fundamental computing knowledge and skills, which is in great demand in the area. The aim is to improve the employability of the country’s youth and the competitiveness of the country.
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), by 2025 each person connected in the world will have approximately 4,900 digital interactions per day. This is, on average, a digital interaction every 18 seconds, so it is essential to understand that the digital world is not only growing, but also presents a challenge of adaptation for companies, organizations, and governments around the world.
Oracle Academy is pleased to be able to greatly impact the lives of the youth of these two countries with these initiatives. Learning computer programming entails the development, in a very accelerated way, of other competences that are highly valued in all fields, such as creativity and innovation, the capacity for problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and the creation and use of technology—all of which are essential in all fields, and particularly for success in the digital world in which we live.