Education, Culture and Communication

The education, culture and communication Program aims to expand learning opportunities to contextualize the population in its environment, universalize its knowledge, strengthen its cultural identity and enable the access to new knowledge and technologies in order to form confident and independent citizens, capable of managing their communities, defending their territories and their fundamental rights.

More than 53% of the riverside community populations where we operate in Western Pará is no older than 19. For this reason, and because we believe young people are the main transformation agents for the community’s present and future, the organization’s work has always focused on develop strategies for social inclusion in this age group.

Although they still live in an ecologically healthy environment and in a friendly community, these young people do face many problems and challenges

In these areas, it difficult to access high schools. When schools can be accessed, the education is low quality, with curriculums and methods not aligned with the students’ socio-cultural reality. Additionally, there is a lack of basic sanitation and food shortages, which result in preventable disease. In low-income families with many children, there are few chances for full development of children and adolescents. Dissatisfaction with rural daily life, a bleak work and income outlook, and few recreational and leisure options lead many young people to rural exodus.

Firmly rooted in children and youth’s health projects, PSA has expanded its approaches, aiming to include and defend the rights of children and youth in the processes of community development as a way to ensure that communities are sustainable in the long run.

To do so, it acts both with public services (especially schools) and directly with the population with actions of social (education, health, leisure, culture and communication, economic (training for work, entrepreneurship and youth leadership) and environmental (environmental education, good management of natural resources) character.

Learn about PSA activities in education, culture and communication:

Lands of Learning

Access to education while aligning education to the reality of traditional Amazonian communities is focus of the project’s actions, applied collaboratively with managers, teachers, students and families. Lands of Learning addresses community and environmental education based on the rights of children and adolescents. In addition to extra-curricular activities and teacher training, it supports the Forest Schools, based on students’ own mapping of the knowledge and culture of their communities

Mocorongo Circus

One of PSA’s oldest projects, Mocorongo Circus promotes education in health, environment, community citizenship and other topics through arts education. With participatory methodologies, the activities are developed with the population and imbued with local popular culture.

Cabocla Web

With the objective of transforming young people into active agents in the defense and development of their territories, Cabocla Web is a collaborative platform for mobilization, training and support of youth groups in the communities of Western Pará. With the support of PSA and of other local actors, these teams carry out socio-educational and cultural actions and activism campaigns in defense of fundamental rights for the entire population. Topics include land/territory, citizenship, gender issues, children and adolescent rights, environmental education, forest preservation and valuing the cultural identity of the Amazon communities (indigenous, quilombolas, riverside).

Mocoronga Communication Network

The popular communication network, established in 1987 by PSA, trains and supports more than 400 young people, in more than 30 communities in Western Pará to act as “forest reporters”. Supported by a head office in the city of Santarém, local affiliates produce radio programs, newspapers and community videos, fotonovelas, comic-style books, blogs and digital media.

Youth Entrepreneurship

Innovation and entrepreneurship to help communities face the challenge of rural exodus: these are the foundations of the “Beiradão de Oportunidade” (Opportunity Border) platform, in which young people from the communities receive work and entrepreneurship training. After initial training, they enter a more in-depth course and mentoring program. The solutions found by students to problems in their communities are transformed into business plans, many of which are incubated by PSA and partner institutions.
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