Children for Social Change: Education for Citizenship of Street and Working Children in Brazil

Through imaginative educational workshops and recreational activities, the children dialogue about their lives, their problems and those of their community. They decide on courses of action and then review the consequences. Decisions are taken and leaders elected democratically, with the participation of all actively encouraged. The educator facilitates. Wherever possible parents and communities are invited to support the process. Through their activities the children gain experience of inclusion, solidarity, co-operation, self-interest identified with that of the community – all the besieged cultural values of the black, indian and other groups who compose the majority of the poor. And they gain a critical consciousness of society and their ability to act in it.

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