Why work with
Literacy at the
right age?

More than 50% of children do not have the expected reading and writing skills and competences to be considered fully literate, according to the last National Literacy Assessment (ANA) of 2016. 

Non-literacy at the right age is a silent tragedy. An illiterate child has a greater tendency to drop out and repeat school. Furthermore, later school learning processes are compromised as they are linked to the initial obtainment of the alphabetical code. 

In view of this scenario, we are committed to helping all children become literate at the right age.

How we work?

Based on successful experiences connected to other third sector education organizations, we want to drive this agenda, support and foster public policies focused on collaborative literacy. 

This is why we, together with the Lemann Foundation and Associação Bem Comum, launched the Partnership for Collaborative Literacy (PARC).

The objective is to enable a leap in the number of literate students at the right age by supporting state Education Departments in an initiative that covers students in the final year of Pre-school and the first two years of Elementary School. 

In this partnership we offer technical support and support to the state education departments, so that the states, in collaboration with their municipalities, can develop public policies focused on the literacy of children. 

We believe that collaboration between states and municipalities can accelerate learning results with a focus on literacy and increase the capacity of managers to overcome regional challenges. 

The initiative is inspired by the Literacy at the Right Age Program (PAIC) launched in 2007 in Ceará, an experience recognized nationally and internationally for raising the Basic Education Development Index (IDEB) of the early years from 3.5 to 6.1. You can know more about this successful experience by clicking here.

We also respect the 7 factors of success with a focus on student development: 

Design and legitimacy: elaboration of program planning and guarantees of resource feasibility.
Participatory governance: governance structuring with the participation of different entities.
Evaluation and monitoring: carrying out census diagnostic evaluation and structuring of program monitoring.
Engagement through dialogue: implementation of promotion strategies and program visibility.
Cooperation and incentives: establishment of cooperation structures between state and municipalities, with implementation of incentive mechanisms focused on improving learning.
Technical and political commitment: full involvement and commitment of the governor and mayors.
Strengthening learning: articulation between curriculum, assessment, teaching materials and teacher training.

Who participates?

The partnerships occur directly with the state government and the education department. States that are interested in participating in PARC should contact us or partner organizations. We can also contact governments directly to invite them to participate in the program.

Strategic allies

Associação Bem Comum
Fundação Lemann

Where are we?

We've already established a partnership with five states: Amapá, Alagoas, Espírito Santo, Pernambuco and Sergipe. A total of about 400 thousand first and second year Elementary School students benefited.
We expect to expand to four more states: Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso do Sul, and Piauí, benefiting about 1 million children.


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