Building a computer lab and library in Brazil

Funding required: $13,900

This project will help: 80 children & youth

Estimated completion date: July 2022

Country: Brazil

Executive summary

Compassion knows that education is key to children’s growth and development as well as to their future success. However, communities living in poverty face significant barriers to getting children the education they need to build a better future.

The educational system in Brazil is poorly resourced, and many children are not gaining the fundamental skills to complete even primary school successfully. In fact, by the 5th grade, 34 per cent of students in Brazil have not yet learned how to read. Even for students who do manage to complete primary school, opportunities to attend secondary school are limited. The consequences are widespread; 28 per cent of the entire population of Brazil is estimated to be functionally illiterate. The lack of education continues to have a massive economic and social impact.

Staff at the Filhos Do Rei Compassion centre in Bom Jardim, Brazil, are dedicated to supporting the holistic well-being of children, which includes supporting their education. However, most beneficiaries still lack comprehensive reading and writing skills by adolescence and are struggling to keep their grades up. A survey revealed that 80 of the centre’s beneficiaries age 12 to 20 are still not fully literate. Many of these children’s parents did not attend school and aren’t able to support or motivate their children. School closures due to COVID-19 over the last year have made the situation even worse.

Recognizing how critical education is in releasing children from poverty, the church in Bom Jardim wants to bring more resources to their community. They have been dreaming of opening a multimedia centre that includes a computer lab and library, so they can help children learn to read and write, as well as teach them valuable computer literacy skills. While staff have mobilized some local resources, it just isn’t enough to cover all the costs of this project.

Did you know?

According to the International Student Assessment Program, Brazil ranks 53rd in education out of 65 evaluated countries.

Summary

Background

Children growing up in poverty in Brazil face significant barriers to getting an education. Schools are poorly resourced, and many students graduate from primary school without having learned basic literacy skills. Many communities also lack access to secondary schools, making it difficult for children to move on to further education. The Filhos Do Rei Compassion centre in Bom Jardim, Brazil, has noticed significant delays in progress among their adolescent beneficiaries, with most teenagers and young adults still struggling with reading and writing. These students want to do their best but are having a hard time keeping up during workshops and lessons at the centre. This has also impacted their social and emotional skills, including their ability to solve conflicts through dialogue or to communicate with their Compassion sponsors. Without additional help, these students will continue to struggle. Many of them are at risk of dropping out of school and repeating the cycle of poverty of their parents.

The need

Compassion Brazil believes that education is a key part of children’s holistic development and a critical tool in releasing them from poverty. However, schools lack the resources they need to offer quality education, and many students—including 80 students registered at the Compassion centre in Bom Jardim—are still functionally illiterate after graduating primary school. Communities living in poverty struggle the most, as caregivers are largely uneducated and unable to offer support to their children.

You can help provide children and youth at the Filhos Do Rei Compassion centre in Bom Jardim, Brazil, with a computer lab and library. Five computers with Internet access will be installed, and beneficiaries will have access to a wide range of reading materials. A professional educator will run computer literacy workshops for 80 beneficiaries age 12 to 20. Being able to use the computers for learning and research will support older students with their schoolwork and help them build foundational skills for future careers. Classic story books will be purchased to help students learn to read. The Compassion centre will use children’s videos to teach values such as friendship, respect, family and love. Group activities like puppet shows, story times and educational games will also be organized to supplement topics from the school curriculum. With your support, beneficiaries will gain confidence as they learn how to express themselves and gain valuable skills for the future so they can break free from poverty for good.

What your gift will do

Your support will provide a computer lab and library materials:

  • Room renovations, including cost of labour
  • Air-conditioner
  • Educational games
  • 2 musical toys
  • 1 projector
  • 5 computers
  • Supplementary educational materials
  • Furniture and seating
  • Books for library
  • Professional educator

Logistics

  • Local contribution: US$948.49
  • Handling of funds: Compassion Brazil will ensure this intervention remains within budget.
  • Follow-up: Staff will monitor children’s progress, and a final report will be carried out to evaluate their growth in both literacy and computer skills.
80%

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.