One of our first priorities has always been to ensure decent education for the native children.

This is a major challenge across the Amazon: literacy levels are low and good teachers are hard to recruit – and hard to retain, as many schools have just one teacher in one classroom, and they often need to leave their schools and wait for weeks in the municipal centres to receive their salaries.
The project has opened two primary schools in the Jauaperi region, one in Xixuaú and one in Samauma (a neighbouring community). The first primary school in Xixuaú was replaced with a larger building, which includes an adjoining kitchen. The project supplements the school meals and teaching material provided by Roraima state. All the children now learn to read and write - illiteracy was prevalent in the last generation, but now students are preparing for univeristy.
The provision of secondary education is an even greater challenge: currently the only secondary school on the Jauaperi River is in the São Pedro community, a three hour boat ride from Xixuaú. Parents have little choice but to send their children there, despite the risks inherent in the lack of boarding facilities and supervision for local teenagers. Some parents send their children to cities such as Manaus, if they have friends or family that can host the child, though in this case they risk cutting their children off from their roots and traditions. We are campaigning for a new secondary school to be built with proper boarding facilities.
The project has also made achievements in adult education. The solar-powered internet facility provides a multimedia centre, enabling local people to access all the resources of the internet, very rarely accessible to Amazon communities. The project has supplied volunteers to teach IT skills, so that the community can make the most of this resource, overcoming its isolation and speaking to the outside world with its own voice.
We provided training and courses for the villages of the Jauaperi River, thanks to our partner Fundaçao Vitoria Amazonica (FVA).
Edited by Emanuela Evangelista

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