Contagem, Brazil

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP – city: 
    Less than USD 10,000
  • GDP - country: 
    USD 8,539
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

Education for All to Overcome Social Vulnerability

Contagem is an industrial city that attracts workers from many different regions. The city hopes to improve access to learning for all of its citizen.

Vision & Motivation

Contagem wants to improve the educational possibilities of its inhabitants and provide learning spaces for all. It envisions a lifelong education programme that fosters inclusion and promotes learning opportunities. The focus goes beyond the formal academic perspective by bonding social, cultural, artistic and human facets.

Challenges & Areas of Support

The challenges are mainly related to social vulnerability and underprivileged groups, such as:

  • Social inclusion
  • Urban migration
  • Racism and intolerance
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Learning in the workplace, and for families and communities    
  • Economic development

Plan and Implementation

Contagem is implementing a number of lifelong learning initiatives, including: 

  • Continuing education initiatives

Public servants and community leaders will become ‘community articulators’, who build links between schools and communities. The aim is to increase participation in school and community activities, thereby fostering inclusion and support for underprivileged students

  • Extracurricular activities

The development of environmental education, sports and recreation, human rights, culture and arts, digital culture, health promotion, communication and ICT, natural sciences and economic education programmes

  • Accessibility for all

Free transportation to school and healthcare services for people with mobility impairments

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