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The Education Program of the Humanize Institute is characterized by being transversal to the other activities of the institute. Based on the opportunities and demands of each area, theme, and territory, the program works with approaches that range from supporting projects aimed at improving the quality of public education – focusing on public entities and their leaders – to training entrepreneurs, small farmers, and educators in sustainability issues, for example.

For Humanize, working with different expressions of Education opens the way to connect this theme with different threads of our programmatic work, and that marks a strong component of the Education Program’s actions. This connection became even more necessary with the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic and the increasing educational challenges in Brazil – which were already numerous. The obstacles involve issues such as school drop-outs, functional illiteracy, and the disconnection between sustainability and education.

To contribute to solutions that address these challenges, Humanize works with strategic actors to promote actions that consider the importance of developing and strengthening institutional capacities in governments and in their networks of basic education. This includes a vision of education as an ally to develop both professional and technical dimensions, and to trace innovative paths that can result in increased efficiency and effectiveness within public management.

Get to know the history of projects:

Academia Pérolas Negras

Co-Financing Partners: VRB, Open Society Foundation, ENEL, Ticket, Sodexo, João R.M., Embaixada do Canadá and Ibiúna

Implementing Partner: Academia Pérolas Negras

The project worked on the training and qualification of young people in socially vulnerable communities in Rio de Janeiro, using soccer as a means of social inclusion. Based on this, it aimed at supporting young people to resume their learning by means of school tutoring, offering, in parallel, soccer practice as a tool for inclusion, opportunity, and well-being.

Project ended in 2021.

Aves da Minha Comunidade

Implementing Partner: Associação Cairuçu

The project provides training involving bird watching, focusing on tourism guides, environmental monitors, and visitor conductors in Paraty (RJ).

Project ended in 2021.

Aves da Minha Escola

Implementing Partner: Associação Cairuçu

Environmental education project aimed at children students from public schools in Paraty (RJ). The initiative works raising awareness and creating experiences with the region’s birdlife to change references, values and attitudes in favor of the ecosystem’s balance.

Centro Cultural Waly Salomão / AfroReggae

Co-Financing Partner: Universidade Estácio de Sá

Implementing Partner: Centro Cultural Afro Reggae

The support for the organization was aimed at maintaining the activities of the Waly Salomão Cultural Center, which promotes after-school activities for 200 children and teenagers from Vidigal (RJ), with the objective of reducing school dropout rates and keeping children and teenagers away from the influence of drug trafficking.

Project ended in 2021.

Conviva Educação

Co-Financing Partners: Fundação Maria Cecília Souto Vidigal, Fundação Telefônica Vivo, Fundação Itaú Social, Itaú BBA, Fundação Lemann, Fundação Roberto Marinho, Fundação SM, Porticus, Instituto C&A and Instituto Natura

Implementing Partner: Instituto Natura

‘Conviva Education’ is a 100% free management platform developed for Brazil’s municipal education departments. The initiative offers content, tools, and information that are relevant and necessary for good day-to-day educational management (school calendar, school transport routes, menu, agreements, buildings infrastructure, enrollment registration).

Educação pelo Esporte: Escola de Atletismo

Implementing Partner: Comunitas

This work is developed among students from the Paraty municipal school system, aiming at tackling the problem of the lack of cross-cutting public policies for sporting activities for young people who, for the most part, are in a situation of social vulnerability. In general, the initiative also contributes to the educational, physical and social development of children and young people from Paraty, especially by offering a variety of supervised activities – including mentoring students and mapping out young talent.

Escola para Todos

Co-Financing Partners: Banco Santander and Fundação Arymax

Implementing Partner: Escola Alef Peretz

The project seeks to provide quality education for students from the Paraisópolis community in São Paulo. The initiative began in 2013 at the ‘Alef Peretz School’, one of the most traditional Jewish schools in São Paulo. The Paraisópolis Unit, which offers only high school classes in preparation for the university entrance exams, maintains the same structure and same teaching as the other units of the school, but for free.

Empreendedorismo Social e Sustentabilidade na Comunidade de Coqueiro Alto, Trancoso (BA)

Partner: Associação Despertar Trancoso (ADT)

Project that offers training courses for children and young residents of the Coqueiro Alto community, in Trancoso (BA), with the objective of stimulating sustainable social entrepreneurship. The initiative creates opportunities for job and income generation, focused on community-based tourism and sustainable local development.

Escola Skate de Ruah

Co-Financing Partner: Prefeitura Municipal de Paraty (RJ)

Implementing Partner: Associação Liberdade de Surfar

The project assists children and teenagers between five and sixteen years old and uses the sport as a pedagogical tool for social integration and personal development. The initiative promotes skateboarding, art, and citizenship classes in public spaces in socially vulnerable communities in Paraty: Ilha das Cobras, Mangueira, and Pantanal (RJ).


Co-Financing Partner: Fundação Roberto Marinho

Implementing Partners: Fundação Roberto Marinho and Canal Futura

The platform aimed at training rural educators in Agroforestry Systems (SAFs). Focusing on Pará and Amapá, the initiative with humanize developed methodologies and content to be shared. Thus, ‘Forestability’ contributed to the training of professionals living and working in Brazilian forests.

Project ended in 2020.

Orquestra Pequenina Calixto

Implementing Partner: Parceiros da Educação RJ

The Orchestra of the ‘Escola Municipal Professora Pequenina Calixto’, in Paraty (RJ), provides the students with music education, access to cultural devices, and expansion of professionalization opportunities.

Programa de atração de talentos e desenvolvimento de lideranças para a melhoria da Educação

Co-Financing Partners: Fundação Lemann, Fundação Itaú Social, Instituto Samuel Kein, The Haddad Foundation, Instituto Sonho Grande, Omidyar and Instituto Península

Implementing Partner: Ensina Brasil

A leadership training project that recruited and trained young talents from various careers to teach for two years in public schools in vulnerable contexts in the cities of Cuiabá (MT), Campo Grande (MS) and Caruaru (PE), as well as Vitória, Vila Velha, Cariacica and Serra (ES). Influenced and motivated by the ‘Ensinas’, students from the public school system benefit from the perspective, the ‘example’, and the differentiated quality classes, and thereby expand their opportunities and critical view.

Project ended in 2019.

Programa Formar na Secretaria Municipal de Educação do Rio de Janeiro

Co-Financing Partners: Fundação Lemann, Fundação Bhering and Fundação Brava

Implementing Partner: Instituto Gesto

In 2021, the ‘Formar Program’ started a partnership with the ‘Education Office of Rio de Janeiro’ to support the development of perennial educational policies in the territory, both in administrative and in pedagogical management. With high engagement of the managers and important achievements for the city, the main expected impact is the reduction of learning inequalities among students, also targeting racial equity.

Rede de Líderes Educacionais Fluminense – Implementação da Turma 2 (Gestores Estaduais)

Co-Financing Partners: Fundação Itaú and Repú

Implementing Partner: Centro de Excelência e Inovação em Políticas Educacionais – FGV CEIPE

Project to help create a support network for public servers linked to the management of education in the state of Rio de Janeiro, developing leaders who can work for an equitable, innovative, and quality education for children and young people.

Project ended in 2021.

‘Tecendo o Saber’ - Alfabetização em Cavalcante (GO)

Co-Financing Partner: Fundação Roberto Marinho

Implementing Partners: Fundação Roberto Marinho e Redes da Maré

The project offers literacy and basic schooling to students living in the city of Cavalcante (GO) and in quilombola communities in the region. In addition, it trains teachers from the state education system so that the project can be conducted not only in Cavalcante, but also replicated in other schools in the state.

Telecurso Maré

Co-Financing Partner: Fundação Roberto Marinho

Implementing Partners: Fundação Roberto Marinho e Redes da Maré

The goal is to offer quality education to expand the formal schooling of young people and adults from the Maré favelas (RJ), and contribute to the right to education for all. The aid was focused on Education for Young People and Adults (EJA) classes for elementary and high school, via the ‘Telecourse’ methodology, from the ‘Roberto Marinho Foundation’.

Toda Criança Pode Aprender

Implementing Partner: Laboratório de Educação (LABEDU)

Co-Financing Partners: BMA, Consigaz, IBM, Icatú and Itaú Social

‘LABEDU’ concentrated its efforts on promoting greater qualification of diverse initiatives, as well as the promotion of articulation and intersectoral collaboration and, thus, supporting the daily dialogue between education professionals and the children’s families. In this context, the initiative facilitates the relational link between professionals and students. Among the expected results, LABEDU was born to raise adults’ awareness about their important role in the children’s learning process.

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