Solving a national equality crisis through effective learning
We are committed to solve the
inequality crisis by guaranteeing
every child a high quality
education. This ensures they
are effectively learning
and allows them to reach their
full potential and contribute
positively to their communities.
The problem we are facing
How we intend to tackle it
We have found a way to solve the lack of quality education by ensuring every child is effectively learning in school. First, we make sure education is one of the top priorities for school districts. This requires that we build leadership engagement among governors and mayors. Second, political leaders and our onsite team co-create evidence-based roadmaps that lead to effective change in educational public policies. Third and most important, through professional development, we make sure that every teacher and school leader has the resources and the incentives to implement these new policies that guarantee every student is learning. This is complemented by a strong culture of monitoring and assessing our results, and an exchange of best practices and lessons learned in communities of practice.
Currently the CEO of Lemann Foundation, Denis began his social impact career as the founder and executive director of Sou da Paz campaign, during which time he was instrumental in the drafting and approval of the Disarmament Statute, a globally recognized legislative act regulating guns. Since transitioning to Lemann Foundation in 2011, Denis has overseen such projects as Programa Educação Conectada, bringing reliable internet to 6 million students from 23,000 schools and leading the Brazil National Learning Standards movement, which guide curricula for public schools outlining the skills and competencies every student is entitled to learn irrespective of their social status.
CEO of Instituto Natura
After completing a master’s degree in executive management, David took over as CEO of Instituto Natura in 2015. During his time as CEO, he led several initiatives to empower literacy through educational programs, including online platforms for educators. Under his leadership IN became active in 1,600 districts, covering 25 out of 26 Brazilians states, and supporting a remarkable 34,600 teachers and 1,200,000 students. He is a main supporter of the Conviva Educação platform, which has been implemented in 4,700 city secretariats to support administrative and pedagogical issues among key stakeholders.
Clodoveu Arruda (Veveu)
CEO of Associação Bem Comum
Before taking the lead at ABC, Veveu served as Minister of Culture in his home city of Sobral, and later was elected mayor, serving between 2011 and 2016. At the time Veveu took over as mayor, Sobral was considered one of Brazil’s poorest cities. His policies were effective, reducing by 89% families living in extreme poverty. He also managed to raise Sobral from 55th to 1st in the Brazilian Education Quality Index (IDEB, in Portuguese), increase literacy from 49% to 93% in just 6 years. His team was later responsible for scaling this success story to the entire state of Ceara.