Lais Fleury Cunha
Fellow Since 2003
Expedição Vaga Lume
This profile was prepared when Lais Fleury Cunha was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
Laís is contributing to the culture and development of rural communities in the Amazon region by encouraging children to read. Her project distributes libraries with 300 books (books for children and youth, as well as support books for teachers) to villages lacking public libraries and trains teachers as Reading Mediators. Another innovation of Expedição Vaga Lume is that it is carried out on site in rural schools in the Brazilian Amazon, in contrast with the existing model where teachers have to come to a central location to receive training.