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Strengthening of Civil Society

Community, here!

Public schools and civil society organizations (CSOs) play an important role in the full development of children, adolescents, and young people. The activities they undertake also enable us to adopt a qualified approach to promote changes in the communities where they operate.

  • We believe that the quality of the physical-space infrastructure of public schools and CSOs, as well as the equipment made available for the activities offered, contribute to the learning and development process of girls and boys.


The background

Schools with infrastructure problems, such as lack of restrooms and libraries, or with limited access to basic features, such as clean water and electricity, have less favorable conditions for teaching and learning processes. This situation makes it difficult to guarantee the right to quality education. This relation was raised in the research titled Qualidade da Infraestrutura das Escolas Públicas do Ensino Fundamental no Brasil [freely translated as Quality of Infractructure in Public Primary and Lower Secondary Schools in Brazil] (Unesco).

Infrastructure issues are also a bottleneck for civil society organizations. The study Panorama das Organizações da Sociedade Civil de Atuação Socioeducativa [freely translated as an Overview of Civil Society Organizations Operating in the Social and Educational Realms] (Ceats/Itaú Social) shows that the challenges related to financial stability and adequate infrastructure affect the care of children, adolescents, and young people.

It is no wonder that one of the components of goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals, aimed at ensuring quality education, establishes the construction and improvement of facilities to provide “safe, inclusive, and effective” learning environments.

  • Improving the infrastructure of CSOs and public schools contributes to good care and the full development of children, adolescents, and young people.


Program description

The Community, here! program provides financial resources to public schools and CSOs that focus on the education of children, adolescents, and young people. Applications for the purchase of equipment or facilities renovation can be submitted on the program website, where there are more details about the initiative.

Banco Itaú's employees, by means of the Volunteers' program, also take part in one of the stages to examine submissions to the Community, here!.