Telefónica and FUSAL work together to develop Pro-niño, a social action program that aspires to significantly support the regional goal of eradicating the worst forms of child labor in Latin America before 2015, and all forms of child labor by 2020.
All activities are done with the three strategic plans of Pro-niño in mind:
1. Protection of minors in child labor situations; providing scholarships, giving children school supplies, uniforms and in some cases, transportation to their classes. Working in remedial classrooms with specialized staff to support children in their incorporation to school. Work is done with parents and community leaders to emphasis the importance of a scholastic education. Training is also given to the families to develop new skills so they have other options to earn a living such as in baking.
2. Quality of education
The quality of education would be improved by improving the infrastructure, facilitating new educational focus and taking new communication and information technologies such as computers, printers, scanners and other technological accessories.
3. Socio-industrial strengthening for sustainability in the long run, aiding to develop the appropriate conditions for the social agents and public and private institutions can coordinate their efforts to give continuity, and to strengthen the protection of children’s rights.
In the remedial classrooms, they give reinforcement in math, reading and writing to children between first and fifth grade that demonstrate some deficiency in their knowledge. To guide the children, FUSAL has formed education promoters among reckless youths in the communities. The Poma foundation supported the ministry of education decision to institutionalize the remedial classrooms and they have been incorporated as one of four components of the Poma Initiative.