For our second post about the Cambridge day 2013, we’ll talk about the presentation of Cidadão pró-mundo – an NGO that aims to bring English lessons for free to disenfranchised children and teenagers from poor communities in Brazil.
This edition of Cambridge Day was really great at showing social responsibility. Besides taking food donations as admission fee, which added up to around 1ton. food to be given to Associação benção de paz – www.bencaodepaz.org.br, Cambridge University Press has also invited the NGO Cidadão pró-mundo to show their work to the attending teachers and also have a booth in the event where they could talk more about the work they do, take donations and get the contacts of possible volunteers.
Sarah Morais presented Cidadão pró-mundo, an exciting young NGO where volunteers give up one day a month teach children and teenagers on the weekend. Founded in 1997, the NGO has been expanding yearly, having a 400% growth over the last two years. Now they have eight branches Both in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro states with 700 students.
Sarah presented a great video that could show both the team of volunteers and the effects the NGO has been causing on the lives of their students.
Something that really impressed me was the fact that the majority of the volunteers in the project are not professional English teachers and that’s where we professional teachers could really come in, lending them a helping hand and providing training to those volunteers.
Besides, Cidadão pró-mundo is also looking for donations to help them maintain and expand their work. You can adopt a student for R$15.00 a month (which is less money than a Hamburger costs in many places, but can make a huge difference in a kid’s life). You can help them donating on their website through paypal.
On the next post, we’ll have something about Michael McCarthy’s talk on Spoken Fluency and the CEFR. Check also our post on the first talk of Cambridge day 2013 with the highlights of John Corbett’s Talk.