Gilberto De Palma Augusto
Fellow Since 1999
Inst. Ágora em Defesa do Eleitor e da Democracia
This profile was prepared when Gilberto De Palma Augusto was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1999.
The New Idea
Gilbertoo believes that to create an educated citizenry two things are needed: a body of interesting material that puts practical, citizenship-related problem solving skills in the hands of citizens; and a municipal-level, non-partisan body that can serve as a gathering point for citizen comments and complaints. To meet these needs, Gilberto has created the first in a series of curriculum offerings that have been adopted by twelve high schools in São Paulo, six private and six public. He has also created the first municipal-level Voters Rights Agency. It is being sponsored by the Law Faculty at the University of São Paulo.