bMaker Odyssey Competition
Collaboration with the Balia Foundation for Children
Corporate Volunteering Programme in Ghana

Commitment to Education

At Macmillan Education Iberia, we are committed to education and sustainability. We aim to contribute towards building a better world for future generations through the work we do.

That is what drives us to carry out a variety of Responsible Business initiatives and projects that aim to inspire curiosity and motivate lifelong learning at any age.


“Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning.” Source: The United Nations

The 2nd edition of the Odisea bMaker competition launched on 11 November 2020 and open to all schools using bMaker, an educational solution that incorporates programming, robotics and 3D printing. The aim of the competition is for students to use one or more of these techniques to design a project that proposes a plan for making their environment more sustainable.

During the competition, thought-provoking challenges are set for students , encouraging them to reflect on themes like inclusive education, cooperative learning, the Sustainable Development Goals, technology and sustainability.


There will be two prizes which will be awarded in May 2021:

A Maker classroom for each winning category (Primary and Secondary)


Two biannual bMaker licenses donated to the Balia Foundation for Children.

Through this award, we want to extend the reach of education in programming and robotics to children and teens who otherwise would not have access to it, creating fairer educational opportunities.

In line with the with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we aim to contribute progress in education while promoting equal opportunities for the most marginalised parts of our society, through access to education in innovation and new technologies.

Training sessions for families on dealing with bullying

Through open sessions entitled “How to deal with bullying at school from within the family environment”, our experts provide families with a range of tips on how to identify and prevent bullying.

The content of these sessions is based on the research conducted for the creation of the bullying prevention programme KiVa. KiVa is a bullying-prevention programme for schools created by the University of Turku in Finland, at the request of the Finnish Ministry of Education. Its effectiveness at reducing bullying has been proven in numerous scientific studies. It is based on the prevention, intervention and monitoring of bullying through comprehensive and targeted actions, inlcuding training teachers and helping parents and children to identify bullying and take action at an early stage.


Families who attend these sessions receive a family advice guide and information on bullying in Spain.

Training sessions held:

  • Tetuán’s Cultural Centre, Madrid
    26 September 2019
  • Miramonte, Cartagena school
    17 October 2019

Upcoming sessions pending evolution of the current pandemic.

We are keen to support charities working in Spain whose values and mission are aligned with our own. For that reason, we have been collaborating with the Balia Foundation for Children since 2017.

Support during the COVID-19 pandemia

The effects of COVID-19 meant children in Spain had to continue their studies from home during the national lockdown. However, many of the children from Balia found themselves without the necessary technology to do so. In order to help combat the Digital Gap (brecha digital) that affects 10% of school-aged students in Spain, we organised the donation of second-hand devices (laptops and tablets) and economic donations amongst Macmillan Iberia employees.

We donated:

  • 6 laptops
  • 4 tablets
  • 430€ to buy new devices

Additionally, we donated the following Macmillan resources to help the children at Balia continue their education at home:

  • Digital licences
  • Books from our Pre-Primary series Dex to a class of 17 children and their tutor.


We are in regular contact with the team at Balia and keep them up-to-date on any new initiatives or resources that could be of benefit to their team of educators within the EnCasaConMacmillan section of our website, an area created during the pandemic offering worksheets, online teaching tutorials and tips and a weekly Story Time.

Balia Hello

Balia Hello is a transversal project that aims to familiarise children with the English language in an enjoyable way, providing educational experiences in English outside of the school environment.

To support this educational project, Macmillan has provided Balia with:

  • Pedagogical advice
  • Teaching materials (textbooks, flashcards, puppets, exercise books)
  • Materials for the classroom (posters, board games, toys, story books)
  • Digital Licenses: Advantage and One Stop English
  • Training in the use of Macmillan materials

In order to further support Balia in their mission of encouraging the children in their centres to improve their English, we donate the amount needed to employ a native English teacher to give fun, dynamic classes one hour a week.


Technology Project

Balia will receive the charitable prize in our bMaker Odyssey Competition to support them in developing their technological projects.

Macmillan has also held several fund-raising events such as bake sales, second-hand book sales and charity activity days to raise money for Balia’s educational projects.

For more information, see our Corporate Social Responsibility Reports here.

Volunteers from Macmillan Iberia and fellow publisher Edelvives, in collaboration with the NGO SED, will spend two weeks in Ghana carrying out a range of educational projects aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 4 which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Voluntarios de Macmillan Iberia y Edelvives pasarán 2 semanas en Ghana desarrollando varios proyectos educativos en línea con el ODS 4 que tiene como fin garantizar una educación inclusiva, equitativa y de calidad y promover oportunidades de aprendizaje. A su regreso, nuestros voluntarios se convertirán en los mejores agentes sensibilizadores y de transformación social en Macmillan y en su entorno.