Special welcome class starts “Caju, a new approach” project

February 14, 2017
Students meet François Dossa, President at Nissan Brazil
François Dossa, President at Nissan Brazil, gave an opening year address to students at “Caju: Um Novo Olhar” [Caju: A New Look], a learning-focused nonprofit created and backed by Nissan in collaboration with the Gol de Letra Foundation. The “Welcome” program marks the start of the academic year at the organization’s headquarters, in the Caju district, downtown Rio.
“It is amazing to have a good time with the students at the start of the academic year. The nonprofit’s transformation goals are absolutely in line with our long-term commitment to Brazil, since youths are the future of the nation”, said François Dossa.
Nonprofit “Caju: Um Novo Olhar” had its official ribbon cut on the eve of the Rio 2016 Games’ Opening Ceremony, a major sports event sponsored by Nissan. The purpose is to back the organization in a legacy and transformation initiative focused on the company’s long-term strategy. With the support of Nissan engineers, a 4,000-m2 building was completely revamped to house a Professional Training Center inside the Gol de Letra Foundation, where the nonprofit offers vocational training to the local youth, so as to contribute to their inclusion in the labor market. The organization also offers education to adults who dropped out of school, including primary and secondary education, in addition to preparing those willing to apply for tertiary education through a cram course (pre-ENEM).
Seven vocational training courses are given by SENAI (National Service for Industrial Training), FIRJAN (Federation of Industries of the State of Rio de Janeiro) and SEBRAE (Brazil’s Small Business Development Agency): Business Administration, Production Line Supply, Computing, Low Voltage Power Supply, Stamping, Maritime Logistics, and Automotive Painting. Those aged 17 and above living in the Caju district are eligible to enroll, for a total capacity of 1,400 students on a monthly basis.
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