Mário Franco

Mário Franco

Location: Portugal
Areas of educational interest: ICT in education, mobile learning, 21st century skills and education business.
Why I’m involved in EFF: I want to share the Portuguese experience of the eSchool Program and how it contributed to the evolution of ICT in education in Portugal. I’d also like to reflect with the other Foundation Fellows on global ideas for education and learn about other experiences around the world.

About Me:
President of FCM—Foundation for Mobile Communications.

Mário studied philosophy and his background is linked to the associative structures in different areas from youth to development and environment. He then became dedicated to public policy, focusing on Information and Communication Technologies. From 1995, he has been involved in eInclusion projects and programs at national and international level.

In 2008, Mário assumed the post of President of FCM—Foundation for Mobile Communications, having previously been coordinator of the Portuguese Information Society Fund—preceding FCM. Mario leads a team that has developed and managed the eSchool Program. This program has allowed access to a mobile computer and the Internet to 1.3 million people in Portugal, considered one of the most successful initiatives in this field.

As manager of the eSchool Program, Mário has been working with many companies, governments and institutions. In particular, he chaired the International Expert Group of World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF), organized by the International Telecommunication Union, and he has been a member of the Strategy Council of The Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID) of the United Nations.

From 1996 to 2004, he was Chairman of the Foundation for the Promotion of Information Technology (FDTI) and afterwards worked as a consultant until 2008.