The students at the ONG ALFA Foundation based in Rio de Janeiro joined our social and educational project BeginIT. Since 2006, the Foundation has been working to help children, teenagers, and families through its social projects. The Foundation is running a wide range of sports, cultural, and educational activities that are consistent with its core principles for promoting peace, love, solidarity, and human rights.
The group's curator, Itala Daiane, told us about herself and shared her opinion regarding the project.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Itala Daiane, I’m 26 years old, single, born in Limoeiro, Pernambuco, and now I live in Rio de Janeiro. I’m responsible for marketing and administrative functions working for the non-governmental organization ALFA and I volunteer in the communities of Rio de Janeiro.
Why did you decide to join the BeginIT project?
In 2014, I was given the opportunity to work as a teacher in a municipal school and run computer classes for children and teens. I enjoyed working with children and teenagers, telling them about how they can develop their skills in communications and IT. I love interacting with young people. I’m so thankful to be part of the BeginIT project and to take this opportunity to learn a new profession in a playful and fun way. Brazil is a country that loves communication and technology.
Who are your students?
Each student is special and unique. They are hardworking, inquisitive, fun-loving, and care for each other.
What are the key features of the education scene in Brazil?
Our country is facing great difficulties with public education, and many children are not placed in age-appropriate classrooms. The education system could be a bit more innovative, matching the new reality, and more aligned with global trends. That is why our foundation runs courses and lectures, in order to develop and improve education with social support for children in mind.
How is IT doing in Brazil?
According to Softex, a public organization that promotes the Brazilian IT sector, we currently have a shortfall of 408,000 staff, with accumulated losses of about 167 billion reals. The key factor that drives this shortfall in qualified IT professionals is that they leave the country. There are many careers in Brazil where you can apply your IT knowledge. That's why this course is extremely useful for students, giving them a deeper knowledge of the IT industry.
What do the students like best about this course?
They enjoy every step of the journey they take. They are excited about acquiring new knowledge and progress through the levels of training very quickly.
We thank Itala for the interview and wish her and her students every success in their educational endeavors! We hope that these courses will serve as an excellent basis for their further programming studies and help the trainees grow into much-sought-after IT professionals in the future!