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In Brazil, a new professional training centre enables teenagers and young adults from the country’s favelas to take charge of their own futures. Arca do Crescer offers short-term training schemes leading to acknowledged diplomas aimed at young people from difficult backgrounds, helping them to find sustainable employment.
São Paulo’s Vila Prudente favela is home to some 17,000 highly vulnerable people. Unemployment is rife and much of the population has little formal education. The Franco-Brazilian NGO Arca do Saber has been active in the favela since 2001, establishing a professional training centre for teenagers and young adults from difficult backgrounds. aged 15 years and up.
The scheme is an extension of the NGO’s existing work with the favela’s children, who enjoy cultural and sporting activities and support in their everyday lives. Once children reach 15, however, they are left to fend for themselves. Targeting this age-group, Arca do Crescer enables them to train for a state-recognised diploma in hospitality and tourism or administration and computer skills.
Both schemes have been devised to deliver practical skills with a view to competing in today’s job market: participants receive work experience and training, apprenticeships, even tailored work contracts. The centre adapts its training schemes to each participant’s profile, and the needs of local businesses. To this end, it works with a number of committed partner organisations in France, Brazil, and internationally. This project is supported by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of the second edition of our H³ programme (Heart – Head – Hand).