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The TIM Group companies are particularly attentive to the needs of the Community in which they operate and implement wide-ranging initiatives and projects dedicated to their social and economic development.
The mission of the Fondazione TIM (FTIM) is to promote the culture of digital change and innovation, promoting integration, communication, economic and social growth.
FTIM can operate, in Italy and abroad, by the methods and with the tools that are considered appropriate in each case for it to achieve its statutory purposes.
In accordance with this mission, four areas of intervention have been identified:
Education: innovation in teaching and education, promoting initiatives aimed at updating the technology in Italian schools and introducing radical innovations in educational methods and tools;
Innovation culture: a program of activities unconventional in the world of foundations for the diffusion of innovation culture, becoming a point of reference.
Social Empowerment: organizations-profit, are undertakings. The Foundation promotes not only for a better use of the new technologies, but capacity of managing and efficiency, to help increasingly to do "good good.
Equity Storico-Artistico: the Italian artistic patrimony represents the excellence of "technology of the past". The FTIM intends to contribute to its value and to use public through technology of this.
The Foundation's activities take place according to the following criteria:

Tools

FTIM pursues its objectives by allocation of contributions to projects proposed by persons and institutions third parties nonprofit, according to the requirements established by the Board of Directors.  Starting from 2015 the Foundation also arises as a subject operating, managing some projects in person.

Strategic objectives

FTIM works to disseminate a culture of innovation, in order to promote solidarity and civil, cultural and economic development.
The heart of FTIM is the spirit of innovation, thanks to which the Foundation undertakes to work for an increasingly digital, cutting edge and competitive Italy, to improve people's living conditions. This translates into the implementation of innovative projects aimed at promoting and disseminating science and technology and developing models, technological tools and systems to support social enterprises.

Project selection and monitoring

The selection is made based on the social impact of projects, which must be measurable, sustainable and replicable.The monitoring system is established according to the specific characteristics and objectives of each project. Monitoring is a requirement for all projects, whether selected by tender or directly. As well as being an eligibility requirement, it also provides an assessment parameter.
In 2018, FTIM concentrated its resources on a number of important projects which allowed it to focus increasingly on technological innovation to improve the solutions identified and broaden the range of targets to achieve, with an exponential effect in terms of the impact on our national community.
In the Education area the TRIS project - New technologies and home education for students unable to regularly attend school - was created through a Framework Agreement signed in 2012 by MIUR, CNR - Institute for Educational Technologies and FTIM that allowed for the trial of new socio-educational inclusion models for students unable to participate in normal educational pathways to guarantee their right to study. Remaining in the field of Education, the collaboration continued between FTIM and Accademia della Scala, which is intended to enhance and promote the work of one of Italy’s centres of excellence and to innovate in the field of training, in order to hand down traditional and valuable trades; a transformation project which combines education in theatrical occupations with the most innovative technologies, supporting young talent and bringing young people closer to the opera world.
Still in the area of Education, the E-Rob project involved trials of robotics programming activities in the classroom to enhance school learning and promote cognitive and social-relational development in primary schools through the development of inclusive education for children with learning needs/disability, exploiting the flexibility of technology systems. This was a local project with the Fondazione Stella Maris of Pisa and Istituto Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa.
As part of its commitment to the enhancement of historical and artistic heritage, FTIM signed an agreement with the Municipality of Rome on December 2015 which provides funding of 6 million euros for the restoration of the Mausoleum of Augustus. In addition to the agreement for the restoration, another agreement was signed for the enhancement and multimedia activities, again with the municipality, but implemented directly by FTIM, which will spend 2 million euros. Work is expected to be complete by March 2019. Full details of the project can be found on the http://www.mausoleodiaugusto.it/ website, which has received many national and international awards.
Within the Social Empowerment area, FTIM has been at the forefront of dyslexia care since 2009 with a multi-year programme that has enabled the creation of screening protocols, IT campuses, digital books and the dissemination of a more inclusive approach in schools. The Dyslexia 2.0 project, completed in 2018, allowed to the training and certification of 60% Italian schools as Dyslexia Friends, and the provision of a standardised screening tool free of charge and accessible to all, to identify the risk factors and avoid the diagnosis of false positives.
To strengthen the commitment to students with dyslexia, the Virtual Reality project for inclusive education is: a Living Lab coordinated by the Istituto Superiore Mario Boella. Co-designed by students, teachers and editors it allows joint exploration, trialling, testing and assessment of new approaches and solutions to help the evolution of inclusive education. And finally, at the of 2018 the Dyslexia Friends Advanced Course was launched with the Italian Dyslexia Association. The e-learning path extension aims to involve 90% of Italian schools, for a transformative impact.
Still in the Social Empowerment area, FTIM has committed itself to working with Agenda Tevere non-profit organisation on a path of sustainable growth, environmental and cultural protection, and urban and social regeneration of the Tiber River. The objective is to give the river back to the city of Rome and turn it into a shared city space.
In the Innovation Culture area, the Confiscati Bene 2.0 Project is a national web portal created by the Libera Association in collaboration with FTIM, founded on OpenSource technologies, for transparency and promotion of the reuse of confiscated assets. The platform’s objective is to collect, create and provide free updated data on assets as well as on the “life” of assets.
In addition, Lectures and high-level lessons were given on topics related to the world of innovation by leading figures on the international cultural and scientific scene.
In 2013, the TIM Institute was founded with the aim of defining strategies and providing resources for the dissemination of science and innovation to support the development of the community in Brazil, particularly by means of mobile technology.
Four areas of activity were identified in which to develop projects:
•          education/teaching
•          application
•          work
•          social inclusion

Tools

•     Partnerships with organisations, institutions and public and private entities.
•     Free software/open source technologies and materials.


Strategic objectives

 

•    Implementation of educational projects for the social inclusion of young people and teenagers.

•   Implementation of training projects to encourage daily use of the Internet and mobile phones as tools for social development and inclusion.

 Project selection and monitoring

•   Projects are selected according to their relevance to the company's strategies and requirements.
•  Initiatives are monitored and a final evaluation is carried out on completion. A report is drawn up for each project that provides a detailed description of the initiative and the results achieved, also in quantitative terms.
O Círculo da Matemática do Brasil (Brazilian Math Circle)
One of the greatest obstacles to scientific and technological progress in Brazil is the poor standard of maths teaching in schools. According to the Ministry of Education, only 42% of students in the third year of primary school can do simply arithmetic like addition and subtraction. In PISA[1] in 2012, based on the results achieved in maths by its students, Brazil came 58th on a list of 65 countries. By focusing attention on the first few years of primary school, the O Círculo da Matemática do Brasil project, working with its founders, professors Bob and Ellen Kaplan of Harvard University, introduces the Maths Circle approach to the Country, perfecting and adapting its content to the Brazilian context. Launched in 2013, the project involved around 25,000 students and 4,500 teachers from 29 cities.
TIM Faz Ciência (TIM Does Science)
The results achieved by Brazilian students in science are far from ideal. The PISA science test conducted in 2012 placed Brazil in 59th place on a list of 65 countries. Out of the three areas assessed - reading, maths and science - the last was the one in which Brazilian students had achieved the least satisfactory results. The project was created with the aim of providing the necessary tools for teachers to learn about the scientific disciplines more effectively. More than 300,000 students and approximately 10,000 teachers from 398 cities have been involved since the start of the project.
TIM Tec
One of the Brazilian government’s priorities is to increase the availability of professional and technological education courses. In 2011, the government launched PRONATEC on which 6 million people are currently enrolled. One of the initiatives of PRONATEC is the e-TecBrasil Network, which provides free technical and distance learning courses.
TIM Tec is a distance learning platform that uses the MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) concept. These courses, which are provided and made available for free on the platform, are intended for students attending high schools and technical colleges. Anyone can enrol on the courses, which teach programming languages and how to create databases, websites, games and many other things. There are also courses for primary school teachers and others intended to improve the skills considered to be basic for the training of any professional, such as how to write well. The technology and content of the TIM Tec platform are share with Federal Institutes of Education, Science and Technology, with the support of the Department of Vocational and Technological Education of the Ministry of Education (SETEC/MEC). The TIM Institute supports the Federal Institutes in the process of installing and using the platform. Currently the platform offers 30 courses with about 60,000 enrolled students.