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Dream Mentor

Mentoring network for supporting education of young people of public school.

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  • Social innovation facilitador

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In Brazil, 78% of the population with a family income below 1 minimum wage use cell phones exclusively, do not have a computer at home. 52% of the classes D and E population do not have access to the internet. (Source: TIC Domiciles, CETIC, 2019)

During this period of the pandemic, students in public schools in Brazil have suffered major problems with:

Structure: limited internet access, lack of computers, lack of space at home.

Social problems: there is a lack of meals, school dropouts and exposure to sexual, physical or psychological violence.

Family-school relationship: low level of education of family members, difficulty in accessing parents, overload of teachers' work.

Content: teachers who were not prepared to teach online classes and had difficulty adapting content.

Faced with this problem, the proposed solution is a network for supporting education of public school students in a platform to bring together different stakeholders that can collaborate with the main difficulties of remote education in vulnerable communities. The focus is on offering technological resources and remote mentoring. The idea is to unite local schools to manage resources and monitor student performance, companies and workers that want to invest in the development of people for job creation, mentors who can use teaching work as a certificate for curricular experience, students and parents who need of supports.

Monitoring would be done according to the mentor's skills and student needs. The mentor would register which areas he could help in teaching and the student would register which areas need reinforcement. The tool would cross supply and need and recommend sponsorship. The schedule of online meetings will be free, agreed between mentor and youth. Each mentor will have his / her tutoring classes computed for certificate in curriculum. A gamification process will be carried out to score the best rated mentors and those who contribute the most to the network. This will be proven via a certificate. 

In the mentoring program there will also be offers for the development of socio-behavioral skills and life projects. Every students and mentors will be instructed to take these classes, in addition to their immediate needs for tutoring.

Donations of equipment and the internet service will be made by crowdsourcing in the plataform. These funders will be able to see students' performance on the platform and select them for the internship program.

Agreements for mentoring and technological support must be made, a compromise between those responsible, the student and the mentoring program. A remote meeting will be held for parents explaining the use due to the technology, the consequences when the use is excessive or for unhealthy purposes. The student's frequency in mentoring is a condition for continuity of internet service and computer use. If there is no frequency in mentoring, the equipment will be relocated to another young person who needs it.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

The social inequality of public school students needs to be transformed. It is necessary to invest in digital transformation in public education, starting to give young people access to the quality technological structure. Students need to have the chance to learn without borders, to connect with people from different places who can help them with education support. It is an opportune moment to also strengthen generosity and volunteering.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I have been working for more than 3 years as a UX Designer, but my passion is in the work of social innovation. I work as a volunteer in a needy community of João Pessoa, where there is a team working with social transformation with local engagement. I am  social innovation facilitator in this community, representing the Fundação Cidada Viva. 

What region are you located in?

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

Where are you located?

João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil.


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@Bettina Fliegel, I am adding here your suggestion about crowdfunding inspirated by It is great.

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Happy it was useful info!

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