Coding for a Better Life | Cecilia Rodriguez Alcala | TEDxIEMadrid

Social inclusion and education, the ecosystem required to innovate, learning through programming, co-creation between students, teachers and community members.

Cecilia Rodriguez Alcala is the Founder and Executive Director of Paraguay Educa, an NGO that has created the first “digital city” in Paraguay through the “One Laptop Per Child” Program and the ICT Center. As a social entrepreneur, Cecilia is an active member in several civil society organizations. She has set up public-private partnerships and raised USD$4.5 million to provide laptops, training and connectivity to 10,000 underprivileged children. She also coordinated a multi-party group of congressmen and civil-society organizations to approve the first government trust fund for education in Paraguay “FONACIDE”, which will provide USD$100 million a year for education technology. In terms of public policies, she worked as an advisor to the Minister of Planning, serving as a liaison for Paraguay’s commitment to the United Nations’ Education First Initiative and ICT Master Plan.

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