The low quality and insufficient public education in Brazil’s under funded school system means that most children leave primary school functionally illiterate. This community seeks to solve this problem. A community built and run school in one of the poorest areas of the country will guarantee that their children receive fundamental early childhood literacy skills. To be poor in Brazil means to be disenfranchised from the wider society and the opportunities that come with it.
Primary school classes will be held daily with alphabetization taking place alongside of art classes, history through reading, play time and physical as well as health education and meals. The 20 children are from a project that serves 280 youth.
Functional literacy means a better chance at a brighter future with more opportunities- 20 children who can read - it may be a first for their family. They are lucky if they get to complete the primary school years due to family poverty.