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Cultural, sports and leisure programs and activities, training and skills for the labor market, social assistance services, violence prevention and digital inclusion policies. All integrated into the same physical space. To foster citizenship in high vulnerability locations, the Dilma government included Sports and Culture Squares among PAC 2 projects, making them Combined Arts and Sports Centers (CEUs).
All told, some 357 CEUs are being built, with units already opened in all regions of the country; the investment comes from the federal government with matching funds from the municipalities.
Alcides de Lima is the creator of "My Story", a storytelling project about the São Remo favela in São Paulo. By design, children tell their own stories, with guidance from Alcides, who for 13 years taught traditional culture at the Desembargador Amorim Lima Municipal School. For her part, Lucilene da Silva teaches Brazilian art and culture workshops to students from the Esmeralda Becker Freire de Carvalho public school in Carapicuíba, a town located less than 30 km from the state capital.
In addition to educators, Alcides and Lucilene have one more thing in common: both have benefited from the More Culture in Schools program, a partnership between the Ministries of Culture and Education. The objective of the Program is to improve teaching and learning processes through making access to culture more democratic and the integration of creative practices and Brazilian cultural diversity with full-time education.
The More Culture in the Schools program has invested R$ 100 million in its first phase. Each selected project received between R$ 20,000 and R$ 22,000 of Direct Money in the School Program, the National Fund for Education Development, to carry out cultural activities in 2014. In the first selection, 14 000 schools were authorized to participate in all regions of the country.
The nine themes established by More Culture in the School are: Creation, Circulation and Diffusion of Artistic Production, Afro-Brazilian Culture, Cultural Promotion and Teaching in Cultural Spaces, Heritage Education, Oral Tradition, Digital Culture and Communication, Museum Education, Indigenous Cultures and Artist Residency for Research and Experimentation in Schools.
In March 2014, the Ministry of Culture announced the creation of the National Musical Training Program. The aim is to foster social inclusion through music, working with children and teens. The pilot project calls for the creation of 30 music centers, of which 20 are in the CEUs and 10 in community locations.
The idea is to replicate the experience of Venezuela's El Sistema program in Brazil. This consists of collective teaching methodology using various instruments, working to have a common repertoire throughout the country, along with regional and local repertoires, which can be shared between the units.
The Brazilian program has 15 conductors active in ten states. The initial budget is R$ 13 million, directly benefiting 9,000 children and youths.
Created in 2003 under the responsibility of the Ministry of Agrarian Development (MDA), the Literature Ark Rural Library Program has helped people in the countryside gain access to reading materials.
The Literature Ark works to make knowledge more democratic in the communities benefited by the National Land Credit Program (PNCF) for agrarian reform settlers, fishing communities, quilombolas, indigenous peoples, extractive and, coastal communities and formations Family Alternate Formation Centers (CEFFA's ).
Present in 26 states and the Federal District, the Literature Ark delivered more than 10,000 arks in 2,330 municipalities, served approximately 1.1 million families, distributed over 2 million books and trained about 18,000 reading agents.
From the beginning, the program's goal has been to propose the establishment of libraries by mobilizing communities that choose to adopt this cultural tool. Management is by two or more persons nominated by the residents themselves, who work voluntarily as reading agents.
The program maintains a network of partnerships with government, non-governmental organizations and civil society for making furniture and encouraging donation of library collections. There will be some new activities in 2014: they will also include theater, film, dance and handicrafts, to further strengthen the presence of the program in the communities.