FAQS: 9 frequently asked questions about the Bofill Foundation

The Bofill Foundation develops proposals to improve education based on data, reflection and the expertise and experience of teachers, academics and those responsible for the education administration, others. We publish analysis reports, propose policies, and launch projects that aim to show that it is possible to create more and better educational opportunities for all.

How do we do that? Where do we get the resources to do our business? How do we do it regardless of economic, political, etc. interests? Who decides the issues we address? Below we briefly address these and other questions:

What is the Bofill Foundation?

We are a research laboratory and proposals for change to promote more and better educational opportunities against social inequalities. We do this by promoting research, debate and initiatives that increase society’s commitment to education and generate better public policies. With the expertise and experience of hundreds of researchers, teachers and other actors in the educational community we carry out rigorous research and disseminate them to make recommendations and proposals terrified of the educational reality.

Why was the Foundation created in 1969?

The Foundation was promoted in 1969 with a patrimonial donation from the marriage formed by Teresa Roca i Formosa and Josep Maria Vilaseca i Marcet. They did not create it as a family foundation but as a citizen one, and with their patrimony they guaranteed economic and political independence.

With this heritage we have promoted more than 2,800 researches and theses, seminars, projects and working groups on topics as diverse as the electoral system , political participation, urban regeneration and we launched the first Panel de Desigualtats Socials de Catalunya . Since 2009 we have focused on education, with projects such as the Yearbook of Education in Catalonia , Lecxit o DeSegregACCIÓ , among many d others .

How are decisions made at the Foundation?

The Foundation's team is made up of professionals in pedagogy, sociology and teachers who identify research topics and work with actors in the educational community through seminars, seminars… to define proposals and design projects.

The Foundation also has a board of trustees, which oversees our independence and social contribution. It is made up of people with very diverse backgrounds, which ensure a broad view of the social challenges to which the Foundation must contribute.

Why does the Foundation make proposals for educational policies?

The Foundation is not a project manager or a training provider. Our mission is to call for more and better public policies to advance quality education and combat inequality. We have always advocated for increased investment in education in our country, prioritizing educational change and equity. We believe that this is a condition (necessary but not sufficient) for teachers to be able to carry out their educational work in conditions. The work of teachers is very demanding, which is why we believe that there should be educational policies to support them.

For this reason, we make a great effort to draw up proposals and make them available to all educational actors. And we're working hard to get policy makers (government, town halls, provincial councils, etc.) to make decisions that put educational equity at the center of the political agenda. For example, in recent times we've made proposals on how to finance the centers so that those who have more needs receive more resources on measures to reduce school segregation or on how to extend the right to extracurricular education to all students and not just for those who can afford it. These are proposals that we develop together with experts from universities, administrations and teachers, and that draw on experiences that are already being given in other countries around us.

How is the Foundation funded?

In 2021, 95% of the Foundation's budget comes from the legacy of the founders and 5% comes from activities and programs funded by administrations, other entities and companies.

With the heritage's own resources we can guarantee, year after year, the independence and stability of the structure and our most important projects (the Anuari de l'Educació o educational evidence , Lecxit or The equity formula , among others ).

Does the Foundation depend on private companies or administrations?

No, mainly because 95% of the resources are own. Public or private grants (5%) allow us, in some cases, to extend the impact of specific programs. One example: Never in the history of the Foundation has any public or private funder contributed more than 15% of the organization's annual budget.

How does the Foundation relate to the administration and the Department of Education?

We are independent of the administration. For years we have been proposing educational policies aimed at those who decide: the Generalitat, the municipalities and the political parties. That’s why we publish a Yearbook of Education which analyzes the main challenges, reports with proposals and also denounces the inaction and breaches .

We also promoted a manifesto signed by more than 800 people and organizations to claim that education policy should be informed by evidence. You can see, for example, a summary of the policies we propose to parties in the set of challenges and priority measures Vote Education.

If the Foundation is not made up of teachers, why is it making reports and proposals on what education should look like?

All the proposals are being worked on with hundreds of teachers, because educational change cannot be made without who is in the classroom every day. Teachers, along with academic experts, educational technicians and administration, are an active part of seminars, events and working groups that we organize every year. And we believe that this collaborative work is a valuable contribution to generating consensus and shared solutions to educational inequalities.

Does the Bofill Foundation advocate for the privatization of education?

No, privatization is one of the big risks to be fought. That is why we advocate for better public policies that expand the opportunities of all children regardless of family resources and combat growing social inequalities.

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