Márcia Ventura Dias

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2006


This profile was prepared when Márcia Ventura Dias was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
The New Idea
Márcia’s Mobile School for street children, Escola Ambulante, uses public spaces to offer educational and extra-curricular activities to street children during a 30-day program. The schools give children a chance, rare in their difficult lives, to learn and have fun. The public venue allows passersby to humanize their perception of street children, an important step towards reversing negative stereotypes.  Through the school, Márcia gets to know the street children and the context in which they live, building relationships that allow her to eventually introduce them into her group homes. In three houses obtained from the government, Márcia helps children and their families with their needs, focusing on therapy and self-help. Márcia is currently replicating the methodology for these homes on an experimental basis with the Brazilian Juvenile Detention System. If the new model is successful, her methodology could become the standard throughout Brazil.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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