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Tigo, the Real Madrid and the Carlos F. Novella Foundations will support the digitization of girls, boys, women, and teachers in Guatemala

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Tigo Guatemala joins the Social Sports Schools (ESDs) project from the Real Madrid Foundation that is implemented in the country with the collaboration of the Carlos F. Novella Foundation. This joint work will benefit over 1,200 people, with the goal of supporting them in closing the digital gap for their integral development.

The Alliance arises from an agreement signed at a regional level with the help of the Real Madrid Foundation, the foundation will support for 5 years over 65 socio-sporting projects implemented to benefit more than 11,000 girls, boys and youth in the 9 countries of Latin America where Tigo has a presence.

Among the projects to be carried out, Tigo will train teachers in safe and productive use of the Internet through the «Technological Teaching» program and, in online teaching techniques and soft skills with the «Maestr@s Conectad@s» Program. Likewise, it will provide training to the teachers, mothers and sisters of the girls and boys who are part of the Socio-Sports Schools (ESDs) through the “Connected” Program to support their digital empowerment. There´s a plan to promote volunteering projects, all of this alongside the Carlos F. Novella Foundation, a local partner for the Real Madrid Foundation.

The first phase of the project began with training in the «Technological Education» Program, which aims to provide safe and responsible browsing on the Internet and social networks for Guatemalan children, at the same time they can make the most of the opportunities technology offers. The program began in November 2021, having ended last January with a total of 71 trained teachers, which will directly benefit more than 1,150 girls and boys.

“We are proud to be able to join forces with the Real Madrid Foundation to promote digitization, and specifically in this first phase that we are finishing, the safe, responsible, and creative use of the internet and social networks. Through our Technological Education program, we seek to provide tools so girls and boys can identify online risks and at the same time, take advantage of all the opportunities that their use represents in a responsible manner”, comments Luis Valladares, General Manager of Tigo Guatemala.

The presentation of this alliance was attended by Iker Casillas, Deputy Director General of the Real Madrid Foundation. During the event he highlighted “In collaboration with Tigo and the Carlos F. Novella Foundation, we are going to improve the lives of thousands of families, building a better future for Guatemala; a more advanced, fair, and better communicated society with greater opportunities”.

On the other hand, Cecilia Dougherty, president of the Carlos F. Novella Foundation, stated “We are pleased to join efforts to promote the development of technological skills in the students and teachers of our social sports schools and educational centers. With this type of alliance, an important space is provided for training in values, interpersonal development and social inclusion and we reaffirm our commitment to our transcendent purpose: To build together the country where we want to live.”

About TIGO Guatemala: Tigo is the leading telecommunications and digital lifestyle company in Guatemala with over 10 million users. Founded in 1990 as the first cell phone company, it’s characterized by its innovation, investment, and generation of development. Both in 2020 and 2021, it was named by Great Place to Work® as the best company to work for in Central America, generating more than 3,000 jobs. It has two independent business units: Tigo, cell phone and mobile Internet services, fixed telephony, digital television and high-speed Internet for the home, and Tigo Business, integrated technology solutions for small, medium, and large companies in countries of the region. The operation of Tigo Guatemala is part of the business portfolio of the consortium Millicom International Cellular S.A. (MIC), a leading provider of mobile and residential services dedicated to emerging markets in Latin America and Africa. For more information visit:

About the Real Madrid Foundation: The Real Madrid Foundation is the institution through which Real Madrid is present in society and develops its social and cultural awareness programs. Its main objective is to promote the value of sports and its role as an educational tool capable of contributing to the comprehensive development of the personality of those who practice it. In addition, as a form of social integration for those who are suffering from some form of marginalization, as well as to promote and disseminate all cultural aspects related to sport.

About the Carlos F. Novella Foundation: For more than 35 years, the Carlos F. Novella Foundation has contributed to the development of Guatemala through the quality and innovation of its interventions in education and social development; actions focused on the generation of skills for life, work, construction of responsible citizenship and training in values ​​for the positive transformation of our environments.

In order to make a sustainable impact, we establish long-term alliances and synergies in order to “build together the country where we want to live”.

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