Teaching Project Management Can Change Lives
A non-governmental organization, the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI) is headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. CDI’s mission is to mobilize individuals, transform communities and improve the quality of life through technology. CDI is the recipient of more than 60 awards, including recognition from World Bank, The Tech Museum and UNESCO. CDI began partnering with PMIEF in 2011 to address poverty-related issues by teaching technology and project management skills.
In partnership with PMIEF, CDI began using its methodology alongside PMIEF’s Project Management Skills for Life℠ resource in São Paulo secondary school classrooms. Volunteers from the PMI São Paulo, Brazil Chapter are actively involved in teaching the material to show students how to use project management concepts in order to effectively take action and solve problems. PMIEF provided the funding to support the program and translate Project Management Skills for Life℠ into Brazilian Portuguese.
Previous courses have proven effective in empowering youths to tackle the daily issues in their communities. One example is how local youths recognized a rat problem in their community and then identified that garbage was the source of this problem. Once they mobilized the community to organize a location and pick-up time for trash collection, the rat problem disappeared.
In 2011, the first grant from PMIEF helped CDI train 77 students in São Paulo and 19 students in Rio. In 2013, an additional 45 students participated in the “Skills for Life—Project Management Skills” course.
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