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Education project backed by Pope launches first social network for schools

2014-09-04

For the last few decades, the Internet and technology have changed the world. Now, schools are trying to apply this revolution to education. 

An education project backed by Pope Francis, titled 'Scholas,' launched a social network where schools from all over the world can share their experiences. It will help define what it truly means to study in the 21st century.

JOSE MARÍA DEL CORRAL
Director, Scholas
"It makes no sense to have students listening passively in class. Now students want to be the protagonists of changes. They don't want to be treated as children anymore. A lot of people are doing great things, but nobody knows about them.”

To promote the culture of encounter, the social network 'Scholas.Social' will connect schools from both poor and developed countries. The main goal is to help specific needs meet specific solutions.


SANTIAGO CARMUEGA
Technological Master, Scholas
"Once you have your profile, you can follow the projects and schools you find most interesting,  just like in any other social network. For example, a school can say 'I can donate 20 hours of IT lessons.' So the system registers that proposal, and finds the school that has that particular need.”


The platform is available in English, Spanish and Italian, but it will soon feature more languages. It also has a page where companies and individuals can donate money to help those schools and its students in need.


More than 350,000 schools from all over the world have already joined Scholas. Now, thanks to 'Scholas. Social,' they will try to enhance education worldwide.


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