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
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