This initiate is a commitment made by the FIRJAN System to become involved, through specific efforts by SESI-RJ, to improve the academic schooling levels of low income young people and others who find themselves in social risk segments. Conceived in 1999, the project started its activities by undertaking partnerships with various municipal governments in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
The Project uses its own methodology, a system known as SESIeduca, to develop basic reading and writing skills typically taught in the first to fourth grades of elementary level schools. The project also offers participants a chance to enroll in courses designed to improve family income through the Small Entrepreneurs Program.
The FIRJAN goal is to transform the reality of community members living in underprivileged areas of the state by contributing to the social and economic development of these families besides creating new opportunities for an improved quality of life.
TransFORMAR Project receives UNESCO and UNDP awards
In 2001, UNESCO and the Bank of Brazil Foundation awarded the project with the Social Technology Trophy based on the results of careful study of documents records of practices illustrated by photos, news articles and a the institutional video produced by FIRJAN.
On November 19, 2002, the TransFORMAR Project was awarded the High Impact Social Program Certificate issued by the United Nations Development Program. This Certificate acknowledged the excellence of the project encouraging its dissemination in the communities in the interior of the state of Rio de Janeiro as well on a national and international basis, emphasizing the contribution of this Program to reduce levels of poverty, increase the quality of life and encourage the development of citizenship practices around the world.
The decision to officially recognize the Program was based on an evaluation made by the United Nations Development Program of classes enrolled in the Program in various municipalities in the state. The main indicators used were: teaching methodology, implantation strategies, partnerships, and the scope and effective results of the program.