New classrooms in Brazil

Study Group staff and students raised the sum of £30,463 to cover the cost of building four new classrooms and a computer room at the Rozalina Zaidan School in Codó Nova, an urban slum on the outskirts of Codó, Brazil.

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The need

Codó Nova is an urban slum located on the outskirts of Codó with a population of 25,000. The community is one of the poorest of Codó and is characterised by a lack of urban services, high illiteracy rates, low educational enrolment, violence and widespread drug and alcohol use. The lack of access to services had left many children with very few options in terms of livelihoods and futures.

The Rozalina Zaidan School suffered from overcrowding, with children having to go to school in shifts, and 300 children in the area receiving no education at all due to a lack of resources.

The situation at a glance:

  • The classrooms were in a poor state of repair and ill equipped.
  • Temporary classrooms were often used to house the increasing number of students.

Teacher Maria José said:

“My greatest pride is that although a few years have passed, everything is still working as expected and in perfect condition. The school will continue to benefit thousands more children, teachers and parents. I personally felt - and feel - very proud to have been a part of it.”

Deputy Principal Francione added:

"I've been a teacher here since 2006. Previously there were only four rooms and the number of children attended in the community was very small. Many had to move to schools far from the community in order to study. Now they have a school close to home. Before it, the space was small - some rooms had to function in the courtyard and hallway of the school. They were very warm, which bothered both the students and the teachers. With the expansion of the school this changed and improved a lot. For me, this project was one of the best that Plan did, because it involved the community very heavily."

What we achieved

Our project, managed by Plan International, built the children of Codó a safe learning space. This will be vital in helping them to pursue their education and dreams for the future. Today the school remains a safe and clean educational space at the heart of the community.

The project successfully:

  • Refurbished the four existing classrooms
  • Constructed four new classrooms
  • Built extra storage space and computer room, fully integrated, furnished and operational
  • Trained the community in project management, accounting and purchasing
  • Held meetings with government officials and community representatives to ensure that the project was fully integrated into the local infrastructure

The impact

As well as creating more physical space to teach more pupils, the school now offers a safe, clean educational space in which children can develop the skills they need for the future. Over the last decade, many more students have been able to go to school with school enrolment increasing by 77% - 533 students now attend. The community is supporting the school, which will help to ensure that the project continues to help children for many years to come.

With this school construction, our dream of a school in which our children can learn properly is coming true. Thanks so much to Plan and Study Group.

An elderly villager