Favelas on the computer

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Since 1995, the computer scientist Rodrigo Baggio, has been setting up Information Technology schools for young people in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas with the support of local parishes and NGOs. Many enthusiastic volunteers have come forward to give lessons on second hand computers. These schools are a good place for people to talk, share and exchange views which helps avoid crime. The poorest people can use the computers for a symbolic 2 to 4 $ a month; they can acquire the skills they need to find work and have access to modern society. 87 % of the young people concerned have confirmed that this training has had positive effects in both their personal and professional lives.

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