Saturday, 10 September 2016

Tabaluga House Rio programme gives hope for street children

Olavo Egydio Monteiro de Carvalho and Prof. Näder meet during the Paralympic Games to extend their cooperation.

Prof. Hans Georg Näder and Olavo Egydio Monteiro de Carvalho extend their cooperation in the Tabaluga House Rio project by a further two years during the Paralympic Games, focussing on English language and computer courses as well as a nursery school project.

Nearly two years since the Tabaluga House Rio project had its start, Prof. Hans Georg Näder and Olavo Egydio Monteiro Carvalho have now extended the project. Since 2015, the Tabaluga House Rio has been organising free educational programmes for street children together with its regional partner "Instituto Marquês de Salamanca". This has included the equipping of computer workstations as well as providing English courses. Education is the only real opportunity children in Brazil have to escape the impoverished conditions in which they live.

On the occasion of the Paralympic Games, Prof. Hans Georg Näder and Olavo Egydio Monteiro de Carvalho have decided to extend their project up through 2018.

In addition to the opportunities already offered, the focus will also be on a nursery school project.

"By expanding to include nursery aged children, we will be able to reach boys and girls who are still too young for English and computer courses. Our goal is to provide them with support as early as possible to give them the chance of a future life outside the favelas," said Prof. Hans Georg Näder.

The educational system in Brazil includes state as well as private schools. While there are no fees for the state schools, the learning materials and personnel there tend to be of a low quality. But more than 80% of children and young people in Brazil have no alternative to the state education system as their parents cannot afford private schools. These children often leave school early, leaving them few employment opportunities later on.

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