What is EduMais? Diana Nijboer, founder of EduMais, never thought about starting an non-governmental organisation (NGO) herself. But when she came to Rio in 2012, she fell in love with the vibrant, energetic, happy smiling and talented children but living in traumatic, violent, disruptive and dirty circumstances: “It was out of love and passion for these children´s talent, to create more learning opportunities for them: to develop their TALENTS and therefore a better future.” This is how EduMais (which means MORE EDUCATION) was born. Because education can change everything.
This is WHY at EduMais we offer these children high quality English lessons and programming / coding courses. But much more than that we help them to develop essential social and life skills. Our concept is based on the principles of mutual respect, treating children with dignity, the right to speak and to be heard and an encouraging and loving environment as a base. We use Positive Discipline as a methodology. To give the children lots of attention and focus we work with small groups of children. Diana Nijboer: “Last September we started with 80 children. Today we are working with our volunteer team of 18 people strong. We are impacting and changing the lives of 200 children every day.”
Future plans Our teaching circumstances still need improvement. Imagine a very small classroom, with 17 teenagers and no air conditioning or ventilator, while it is 40 degrees outside. In the next three months this will be improved. In the next month we will also start with an AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM to offer more education. And because these children often lack healthy food and their nutrition is so poorly, we will provide them with healthy snacks. In the future we want to add an entrepreneurship program and offer exchange programs to show other realities of life. We focus on the grow path and the needs our students and the community.
To make all of this happen, to better the lives of these 200 children we need your help! Be part of the EduMais family and make a donation today! Thank you!