Vaga Lume carefully selects collections of literature books to libraries and trains teachers as reading mediators in 160 rural communities in the Brazilian Amazon region. By encouraging adults to frequently read to children, Vaga Lume makes reading a pleasurable activity, helping to break the endless cycle of poor literacy skills of Amazon people. By donating to Vaga Lume, you will be offering 24,000 Amazon children opportunities they can only access through good quality education.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The Brazilian Legal Amazon is home to 20 million people and occupies 59% of the country's territory. It is one of the poverty zones in Brazil and its rural areas have a high deficiency in or lack basic social services. Due to poor quality education, books are very rare goods and 75% of Amazon people do not have full mastery of reading, therefore nor of writing (INAF, 2011). In rural areas where Vaga Lume works the average years of schooling is 2,5 times lower than in urban areas (IBGE, 2010).
How will this project solve this problem?
Vaga Lume trains teachers as reading mediators and provides literature books to 160 community libraries of the Brazilian Legal Amazon region. Vaga Lume encourages reading activities at the riverside, below a tree, at home, at school etc. so as to create the habit of reading in children, contributing to their mastery of reading and writing skills. Vaga Lume is, therefore, helping to promote a better quality education to 24,000 Amazon children, with a lasting positive impact in their lives.
Potential Long Term Impact
By promoting qualified access to books and reading, Vaga Lume creates reading habits in Amazon children, helping them to achieve mastery in reading and writing skills - basic tools to citizenship. Only with a better quality education, children can expand their perspectives and opportunities so as to realize their full potentials and be protagonists of their lives. "The Vaga Lume' library and its books are really cool! At times, we do not have much to do, so we'll meet there to read." Ingrid,13.
Total Funding Received to Date: $9,110
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $5,890
Total Funding Goal: $15,000