Fight for Peace, Brazil

By supporting Fight for Peace, we can help young people gain the education they need to enter the formal job market in Brazil.

Complexo da Maré, a group of favelas in Rio de Janeiro covers 800,000m2, and is home to 132,000 residents. Over half are children, adolescents and young people. Notable for high levels of poverty, social and economic exclusion and by a scarcity of public services, we are helping Fight for Peace give these young people more options through the provision of education.

Over the course of three years, the ‘New Pathways’ education project sees 140 young people aged 18 to 29-years-old who have been at least two years without studying, engage in a fast-track education scheme. The project is extremely important in Maré as there is a severe lack of educational and employment opportunities for young people.

As well as receiving formal numeracy and literacy classes, students from New Pathways attend weekly personal development sessions, which, combined with individual mentoring from the social support team, offers career advice and youth leadership skills.

In 2014, 71 at-risk youths enrolled into the educational classes. They all reported feeling more optimistic about their future.

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Key figures

  • 71

    youths received educational classes

  • 94%

    feel more capable and confident in themselves

71 youths received educational classes
94% feel more capable and confident in themselves

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