Center for Digital Inclusion

The Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI) is a global NGO that implements educational programs designed to expose disadvantaged groups and impoverished communities to new technologies. We promote social inclusion of vulnerable populations by using education and technology to fight poverty, stimulate entrepreneurship, strengthen communities and empower them to transform their realities. Today, CDI has operations in 11 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Spain and the UK..
Nov 18, 2009

International News of Violence in CEAC favela

Violence in Rio de Janeiro Slum Where CDI School Resides Makes International Headlines In the wake of the announcement that Brazil has won the 2016 Olympics, an outbreak of drug trafficking violence occurred in a favela called Morro dos Macacos making international news. CEAC (Center for Education and Service to Youth) one of the projects featured on Global Giving is an oasis in the middle of the violence.

Twenty years of rival gang wars and the fight between the police forces and the traffickers in this slum and hundreds of others throughout Rio amounts to what many outsiders refer to as a ‘civil war’. The violent methods for containing these wars have been criticized by the United Nations and Amnesty International. While the politics of these everyday occurrences play out, innocent residents, including children are caught in the crossfire.

The ongoing gang wars highlight the need for opportunities for youth growing up in slums where the prevailing high wage jobs are in drug trafficking, where children as young as ten years old are recruited into gangs. Access to CDI schools and the internet that comes with them can open up a world of possibilities for youth who often have no experience with a reality other than the one that they experience in the slums where they live.

In addition to IT skills, CDI schools through their curriculum teach residents how to solve problems that plaque their communities; communities that can lack access to such necessities as basic sanitation, health clinics, and access to safe areas to play and enough seats for students to attend public education.

There are more than 250 CDI schools throughout Rio de Janeiro’s slum communities alone where the realities highlighted internationally in October are an everyday occurrence and do not make the news. You can read an in depth article about the current civil violence between police and traffickers and the innocent citizens that are caught in the middle here:

Sep 22, 2009

Update September 2009

young kids in school uniforms happy at computer school
young kids in school uniforms happy at computer school


CEACA-VILA is an NGO that since 1995 has worked to promote Digital Inclusion leading to social inclusion. Our work is based in a project-type pedagogy focusing on the valorisation of participative civic actions in the teaching-learning process that the students undergo while they are learning to use technology. Teachers and students work in tandem to create solutions leading to community transformation. Expanding our schools infrastructure will allow our school to reach sustainability for our Information and Communication Technology School. Our school aids at-risk youth and keeps young people in a productive environment away from the dangers of the street which are overrun with drug trafficking gangs. The school at CEACA-VILA contributes to the reduction of poverty and unemployment that plagues this community. Our programs train people to use technology and give them skills to find jobs in the formal job market, generating income and jobs for youth and adults in the region. This favela (urban slum) has a population of approximately 35,000 citizens vulnerable to the violence and problems associated with drug trafficking gangs. The CDI School at CEACA-VILA brings the guarantee of student’s rights through the access to the internet and making possible the social and economic transformation of the community.

Among the services we offer are:

• Ceac@digital: Delivering services in IT education and offering technical assistance in microcomputers and teaching students skills such as the installation and maintenance of computers and networks, and offering internet and graphic services needed within the community through the project itself.

• Education through Information Technology reaches 250 children between the ages of five and fourteen from the favela ‘Complexo do Morro dos Macacos’ we offer classes in digital and social inclusion with educational activities integrated into workshops in Portuguese, Mathematics, and science with the objective of cognitive development, motor skills and positive reinforcement through a pedagogy whereby the student is a protagonist for positive social actions in the community.

• Building a Future Project: Serves 40 youth and adults every three months with the goal of contributing to the students economic development, offering basic and advanced computer mounting and maintenance, stimulating civic activity, and entrepreneurship. Graduates are steered into the ‘Projeto Conexão’ (Project Connection) an initiative in partnership with CDI that guides students into the job market. There were 160 youth and adults graduated in so far 2009.

• Information Technology and Citizenship School: Serves 40 youth and adults every four months in courses in basic and advanced computer classes that make digital inclusion possible through concepts like education, technology, citizenship and micro-enterprise, with a view towards social transformation. In 2009 to date we have graduated 80 youth and adults.

• Tele-Center: 1, 2 e 3 : Users of the tele-center do searches on the computer and use the tools necessary to carry out school work, resumes, document creation, on line courses, and internet access. A total of 5,292 unique visitors utilized the services of the tele-centers between September/2008 and September/2009.

• Program for Internal Formation: This advanced course has the objective of graduating students with the necessary skills to teach the students graduated from the Information Technology and Citizenship School and graduates of the Building a Future Project, advanced professional level skills development leading to jobs in either a teaching or professional capacity for the internal or external IT Nucleus.

• Capacity Building and Team Development: Students gain pedagogic knowledge and educative program reporting related to the tools for IT education such as: GIMP, Inkscape, Managing Tele-centers et al.

• Skills in IT Education: Training for professional jobs in the public network of the area surrounding Ceaca-Vila.

Partners and Supporters: CDI – Center for Digital Inclusion. CARJ Committee (Banco do Brasil) Program Fome Zero (Government program ‘ZERO HUNGER’- gives families a stipend to keep children in school and out of child labour), Cecip – FutureKids

Young Adults in Technology and Citizenship School
Young Adults in Technology and Citizenship School
Young Adults in Technology and Citizenship School
Young Adults in Technology and Citizenship School