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Innovative Learning Spaces Bridging the Digital Divide Solution by: Red de Innovación y Aprendizaje (RIA) by Fundación Proacceso

Through the use of technology, this solution provides quality education in engaging and sustainably constructed settings to low-income communities in Mexico. The Triple Bottom Line

Environmental All RIA centers are built with modular architecture that makes use of recycled materials. 1

Social According to RIA, women who learn to use the computer at a RIA center are 3.8 times as likely to get a job. 2

Consisting of 70 strategically located and sustainably constructed educational centers, RIA works towards digital inclusion in lowincome communities in Mexico. Simultaneously, by leaving its internal infrastructure exposed, users learn about the use of low-impact and recycled building materials. At each center, users of all ages can take courses in digital literacy, improving academic performance, finishing high school, or how to find work through the Internet. With a comprehensive program for children in computing, reading, math, and science, it has shown that the use of technology can increase the educational performance of children in elementary school. Why a Sustainia100 solution?

Economic On every $1 spent on the RIA centers, $1.68 is generated in economic benefits for the community. 3

Close to five billion people do not have access to the Internet and will be excluded as the world becomes increasingly digital. This solution integrates educational and technological components to positively affect communities. By creating welcoming spaces where users of all ages can access technology and quality educational resources, the RIA reports that it has reached more than 500,000 users from low-income communities, of which more than 140,000 have graduated from its courses.

Developed: Mexico

Deployed:  Mexico 

1 OECD (2011). “Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011.” Paris: OECD Publishing.

Penn International Business Volunteers (PIBV), The Wharton School (2011). Social Return on Investment (SROI) Report. México: Fundación Proacceso & PIBV. 2

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Ibid.

“We envision a world where  access to technology  and  quality education  is a right.”

The RIA Center in Naucalpan provides quality education and access to technology to users from all walks of life.

Aleph Molinari, President, Fondacion Proacceso

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