“Connected by Safety” Teaches Latin American Children How to Contribute to Making the Region Safer

on Tuesday, 21 August 2018. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

With the support of the Motorola Solutions Foundation, this social responsibility program is being implemented this year in 7 countries of Latin America

  • In the second half of 2018, more than 5,750 Latin American children from ages 8 to 10 will learn how to communicate with public safety agencies and act in emergency situations
  • In its seventh year – and following its success in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru – the program is also being launched in Brazil and Mexico

Latin America –Aug. 15, 2018 – The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charity and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions, reaffirmed its commitment to Latin American children and communities through its “Connected by Safety” program for the seventh year in a row. Developed in collaboration with the Organization of Ibero-American States and the educational content producer FORO 21, this education program encourages children from the region to play an active role in making their communities safer.
 
Last year’s, “Connected by Safety” taught children between the ages of 8 and 10 from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Peru how to act in emergency situations and about the roles of the different public safety agencies. Now, the program is expanding its scope to include children from Brazil and Mexico, thus offering active citizen and early alert workshops in 7 Latin American countries.
 
“This project, which began seven years ago in Argentina, teaches children through games that bring them closer to their heroes and letting them know they can count on these public safety officers in difficult times. This strategy has been key for the growth of this program and has led it to win several awards, including three Eikon Awards for excellence in communication and the Latin American Corporate Responsibility Award presented by the Social Ecumenical Forum, and to be nominated as a finalist for the Co-Responsible Award in Spain,” said Diego Manusovich, director of Foro 21.
 
Thanks to the participation of different public safety agencies and institutions from the region – including police officers, fire fighters, public health service workers, government ministries and others – over 5,750 children will become more familiar with public safety agencies through playful games that turn them into active citizens at a young age and make them capable of collaborating and communicating quickly to ask for help in critical moments.
 
“Contributing to a safer society involves more than providing technological solutions to help public safety agencies do their jobs better. It also entails providing the community with tools that make them better prepared for emergency situations, and that is precisely what 'Connected by Safety' does. We are proud to support this initiative and to be able to strengthen this educational program with a regional impact year after year,” explained Matthew Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.
 
Key Facts about Connected by Safety:

  • The fun-filled workshops began in Brazil June 4-8 and will continue Sept. 4-11 and Sept. 17-21 in Colombia, Sept. 10-21 in ArgentinaSept. 25-28 in Peru and BoliviaOct. 2-10 in Chile and Oct. 15-26 in Mexico
  • The program is endorsed by the Argentine Ministry of Education, the Peruvian Ministry of the Interior, the Ecuadorian Security Coordinating Ministry, the Metropolitan District of Quito's Undersecretary of Education, the Colombian Ministry of Defense and the Chilean Ministry of Education, among others. 
  • To learn more about the program, visit http://www.conectadosporlaseguridad.com/
  • This program will run in 2018 based on a grant that was awarded in 2017. 

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About Motorola Solutions Foundation 
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. To learn more about Motorola Solutions’ corporate giving and its Foundation, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/giving
 
About the Organization of Ibero-American States
The Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (abbreviated as OEI in Spanish) is an international governmental organization that promotes cooperation between Ibero-American countries in the fields of education, science, technology and culture in the context of integral development, democracy and regional integration.
www.oei.org.ar
 
About FORO 21
FORO 21 Experts in Social Transformation in Latin America is a Buenos Aires-based production company that has been creating and implementing social transformation campaigns in different Latin American communities for over 25 years. It uses a variety of educational and communication resources to bring about significant changes in communities that have a positive impact on their development and way of life.
www.foro21.com.ar