Community Development Through IT Training In Rio

 
$14,004
$5,996
Raised
Remaining
Jun 4, 2010

What is new

The team
The team

CEACA has been adjusted and perfected to maximise its impact in the community of Rio de Janeiro. A few weeks ago the team went on a workshop, in which had been discussed the subject: "Team work and trust building" (photos).

Another important fact is that a computer company called Tec Total hired Ceacadigital services. We install computers and provide other services for the their clients. This work has been generating funds to improve the project and to reach more people into the community. The hope is this contract is just the beginning of something good, such as new job opportunities.

Building trust
Building trust
Dec 17, 2009

International News of Violence in CEAC favela & testimonials

International News of Violence in CEAC favela By Christine Clauser - Executive Director CDI USA, November 18, 2009 04:15 PM 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: http://www.laht.com/article.asp?CategoryId=14090&ArticleId=345806

My story at the CEACA-VILA

My name is Luiz Carlos; also known as Idi. When I was 16 or 17, I attended CEACA, a Community Centre in Rio. My childhood was not great and I wish to explain how Ceaca has helped me get my life back on track. When I came to CEACA for the first time, I was a discredited young person that did not think about the future, only the immediate present. I lost my parents very early and my childhood was very difficult. If not for CEACA -Vila I don’t know what would be of my life, or even if I would be here writing a little bit about it. I started studding at CEACA, attending a course called Life Expectancy which served 20 youngsters with drug problems from low-income communities. This special course focused on young people, and we all learned many things that we are still using in our day to day life. CEACA offers several interesting courses, including : Computer, citizenship, silk screen printing classes, sports, English and others. As a result of CEACA, my colleagues and I received a scholarship of 60 reais(a lot, bearing in mind that 1 real was already a lot of money for us). We received opportunities that we would never have dreamed of. I realised that I could grow and become someone! I went back to school and started the computer course at CEACA. After a while, with my teacher’s help, we created a LAN House (cybercafé) called T@I.com. I worked for four years on T@I however, without any formal education I started to feel that I was missing a great opportunity. I went back to my studies, completed them and I am now 25 and I teach informatics at CEACA CDI Community. I am very happy to be part of this group that makes such a difference to our community.

Luis Carlos Goncalves

André Luiz Fernandes de Souza Lima, 19 years old.

I came to CEACA -Vila when I was about 14, and attended the courses with the other CEACA students. My classmates and teachers realised my potential in computer classes and I began to be part of the internal training program with the friends I had met. The classes were very interesting and I was always very dedicated to all classes. My potential again shone after I started the project "Vencer" (“Win”) here at the CEACA and I was rewarded for my efforts In only my second week of the course I was called by Alexander (who was the coordinator of the informatics courses at CEACA) and offered a position as professor of computer science course in the CDI Community. CEACA has improved my skills and I have learnt many new things. My knowledge in computer science and my capacity to teach children are my obvious achievements from my experience in the CEACA projects. I thank CEACA for giving me the opportunity to work and teach I am now doing what I like the most in life, which is to teach informatics.

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: http://www.laht.com/article.asp?CategoryId=14090&ArticleId=345806

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

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: T@i.com 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

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Luisa Gockel

London, Greater London United Kingdom

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