Black Brazilians consistently have higher illiteracy rates than white Brazilians. As large portion of favela residents are Black, we have targeted Portuguese classes as an essential part of Tio Lino. If our students can start to feel more comfortable reading and writing Portuguese, kids will stop falling behind in public schools and improve their overall education.
English is still the global common language and a simple way to greatly grow opportunity. If our students leave our school speaking conversational English, at a minimum this will lead to a job in tourism or hospitality, continuing to push them away from gang life. Furthermore, while applying to almost any important job or educational opportunity, English is a prerequisite; learning English will help our students open more avenues to further education and employment.
For most youth in the favela the favela is their entire world, they don’t know of, nor do they dream of a world past it. Geography classes will simply open their eyes to other cultures, the world, and the possibilities that can come with it.