Residents of Rio’s favelas generally have minimal education or access to the formal labor market. Due to high levels of violence, there is a shortage of primary schools and qualified teachers prepared to work in the slums. Projeto Uerê, founded in 1998, is an all-inclusive school in one favela within Complexo da Maré (complex of 16 favelas outside Rio) that uses an alternative teaching methodology to improve the educational performance of children with severe learning difficulties caused by violence and trauma.
EMpower’s first grant to Projeto Uere supports the school’s math and computer classes, as well as employment preparation workshops. This grant will also enable Projeto Uere to improve the quality of the curriculum and incorporate new approaches to better serve the needs of students with severe learning difficulties.