Microsoft and Real Madrid Foundation renew youth education collaboration agreement

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Orlando Ayala, chairman of Emerging Markets at Microsoft, left, with Florentino Pérez, Real Madrid Foundation president, in Spain.

Microsoft and the Real Madrid Foundation recently renewed and extended their education collaboration agreement to bring technology to children and young people, and to promote access to training in computer science and programming as part of Microsoft’s YouthSpark global initiative.

The agreement, established in May 2013 for three years, was renewed for another three years. Over the last three years, 6,550 at-risk children have benefited from training and digital literacy activities designed by both organizations in collaboration with others in order to unlock new opportunities for young people at Real Madrid’s social-sport academies in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru.

Over the next three years, the Real Madrid Foundation and Microsoft plan to extend the reach of training activities in digital skills and computer science for at-risk young people around the world, with particular emphasis on Spain and five other countries from Latin America that will be chosen soon. Microsoft will supply the software, cloud services, training content on digital skills and computer science, and funding in order to implement the activities designed by the foundation.

“It’s an honor for us to be part of this alliance which, thanks to technology, helps provide greater opportunities for students at the Real Madrid Foundation academies, bridging the digital divide and unlocking new opportunities for thousands of children so that they can have a better future,” said Orlando Ayala, chairman of Emerging Markets at Microsoft.

Emilio Butragueño, Real Madrid director of institutional relations, said the Real Madrid Foundation teaches children “a series of values through football because we believe in the individual and in the child to make the future more inspiring. Microsoft makes an essential contribution by empowering youth learning through technology because today it’s impossible to imagine the world without it.”

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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