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Responding to the lack of adequate, affordable childcare solutions after school hours, Chantal Mainguené has created the first integrated, scalable afterschool program in France. By mobilizing latent resources in the community, Chantal is demonstrating how it is possible to offer a high-quality solution to low-income families, single parents, and parents who work outside of school hours.
In Sweden math education for children has stagnated, with math often perceived by young students as something alien, difficult, and irrelevant. A downward sloping performance curve in the Swedish school system has resulted in a substantial gap between what skills the working world demands from their employees and what skills children possess.
Professionals with extensive experience in the existing day care system, Silvia and partner Lenira Haddad are redefining day care, upgrading it from "babysitting" to a comprehensive educational, nutritional and health care service.
João Ripper, a photojournalist, is the author of over 25,000 photographs of the life and work of the Brazilian laborer. He is now creating the Brazilian Laborer's Documentation Center, which will not only act as an archive of visual documentation but will produce dossiers for syndicates, the press and NGO's on matters concerning the Brazilian worker and human rights in general.
Anna Stevanato promotes bilingualism as a tool for children of immigrant descent to build their identity and strengthen their learning skills. Through bilingualism, Anna empowers children to succeed in school and connect to the broader French community. In doing so, she is ensuring that diversity is something to be proud of, for children, families, communities, and society as a whole.
Seeking to combat hunger, Ninom Rouze has created a unique combined health and environmental education program among poor and indigenous agrarian communities in Brazil. Among other things, her program enables women to utilize everyday waste to supplement family nutrition.
Marginalization is one of the main factors contributing to the cycles of unemployment, violence, and social unrest in impoverished urban and suburban areas. Allaoui Guenni is using sports as a catalyst to bring down the walls surrounding local populations, build bridges to employment and social integration, facilitate conflict resolution, and ultimately pacify relationships within society.
Through short sessions of playful reading and writing practice, Beatriz Diuk is catching up illiterate children with their peers and alleviating frustrated teachers by providing them with simple tools to address this gap. By approaching the problem of illiteracy as one of the education system, not as an inherent quality of “poor children,” she is changing perspectives and turning those who are furthest behind into successful learners.
João Figueiró believes in the role every person has in children’s early development. He generates awareness, connects players, and showcases success models to enable all adults to help raise an empathetic next generation.
Jean-Claude Decalonne is providing struggling French pupils in at-risk neighborhoods with the tools they need to succeed academically and socially. By engaging parents, teachers and the broader community in supporting and developing young people’s potential, he is showing society the value of alternative paths to education and success for children.