Nissan Institute and Gol de Letra launch “Caju, A New Approach”
September 7, 2016
Social transformation as part of Rio 2016 Games’ legacy
The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games have now ended, but their legacy will endure. One of the event’s sponsors, Nissan, has now opened an Education and Vocational Training Center, through a partnership between the Nissan Institute and NGO Fundação Gol de Letra in the neighborhood of Caju, one of the city’s most deprived areas.
The center is based in the completely renovated, 4,000-square-meter Asia Building. It will host training courses to help youth join the labor market and support elementary and high school education and university entrance exam preparation. These courses are part of a project called “Caju: A New Approach.” Thanks to the opening of the new center, more than 1,400 youth and adults will now be able to take courses every month, up from 700 previously.
“Nissan’s commitment as a Rio 2016 Olympic Games sponsor began years before the event and it will last for many generations. Our objective is to bring about a long-term transformation for communities and people,” said François Dossa, the CEO of Nissan do Brasil and chairman of the Nissan Institute. He noted: “We used the ‘who dares, wins’ concept for the Games. Through our social projects, we also want to encourage people to be bold and go the extra mile in their lives, to help transform the country.”
Seven technical courses will be offered, formatted in partnership with the National Industrial Training Service (SENAI) and certified by the Rio de Janeiro State Federation of Industries (FIRJAN): Administration, Production Line Work, Computing, Low-Voltage Electricity, Auto Bodywork, Port Logistics, and Auto Painting. Youth aged 17 and over who live in Caju are invited to apply.
The executive director of Fundação Gol de Letra, Beatriz Pantaleão, said: “I am very happy, because as well as significantly expanding our services, we have gained new spaces designed for teaching. I think this is essential to encourage young people to participate. We will also have the opportunity to offer certified vocational training courses, which will help our youth join the labor market.”