Elie Ghanem

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2003


This profile was prepared when Elie Ghanem was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
Elie is implementing a system that joins a diverse group of educating agents: teachers, family members, community leaders, citizen sector organizations, students, and public authorities, in constructing a participative and strategic plan for education. The process redirects public education from using traditional, outdated information by creating new sets of knowledge that respond to the real needs of the population. Schools and communities begin to deal with issues like public security, inequality, unemployment, corruption, domestic struggles, and the structural mechanisms that reinforce them. Members of the community become enabled decision-makers, creating their own plans for the kind of education they want and need. Elie's idea is making a leap in democratizing education in Brazil by helping stakeholders construct effective forms of social organization and mobilization, changing social relationships, influencing centers of power, and understanding and integrating themselves into the economy.
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