Cybele Oliveira Amado

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2005


This profile was prepared when Cybele Oliveira Amado was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
The New Idea
Through the Chapada Project, Cybele has designed and piloted a program to intercede in the political process itself. She establishes a discourse between candidates and their communities early in the election cycle and, through public forums, forces future leaders to declare and commit to their intended education agendas. To complement the process, Cybele has designed an entirely new role in society—that of the pedagogical coordinator. Designated by the community, the person serves as a single point of contact to serve all involved parties ranging from the community to the schools and the municipal government. While the pedagogical coordinator plays an organizing function, an additional oversight committee is responsible for ensuring that political promises are instituted. Finally, Cybele brings a spirit of commitment toward improvement to the education system, providing innovative and effective tools for teachers themselves to continue learning and improving.
By creating structures that engender reflection upon and action around the education system, Cybele sparks public debate and community involvement around a critical social issue. The comprehensive approach mediates between the interests of all parties, while setting the groundwork for a system that is continually enriching its participants and advancing itself.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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