Contagem, Brazil

Education for All to Overcome Social VulnerabilityContagem is an industrial city that attracts workers from many different regions. The city hopes to improve access to learning for all of its citizen.Vision & MotivationContagem wants to improve the educational possibilities of its inhabitants and provide learning spaces for all. It envisions a lifelong education programme that fosters inclusion and promotes learning opportunities. The focus goes beyond the formal academic perspective by bonding social, cultural, artistic and human facets.Challenges & Areas of SupportThe challenges are mainly related to social vulnerability and underprivileged groups, such as:Social inclusionUrban migrationRacism and intoleranceJuvenile delinquencyLearning in the workplace, and for families and communities    Economic developmentPlan and ImplementationContagem is implementing a number of lifelong learning initiatives, including: Continuing education initiativesPublic servants and community leaders will become ‘community articulators’, who build links between schools and communities. The aim is to increase participation in school and community activities, thereby fostering inclusion and support for underprivileged studentsExtracurricular activitiesThe development of environmental education, sports and recreation, human rights, culture and arts, digital culture, health promotion, communication and ICT, natural sciences and economic education programmesAccessibility for allFree transportation to school and healthcare services for people with mobility impairments
City population
City GDP per capita
Less than USD 10,000
Average number of years of schooling
Member since
City award
Campos Ms Marilia
Focal point
Ms. Sueli Maria Baliza Dias
My decision to take over and redimension the UNESCO learning city programme is based, above all, on a vision for the future for our city and on the conviction that it has the potential to produce means and resources for lifelong learning