Our History

We were born out of an unsettling question ...

Why do our children, who learn so well at home, show so much difficulty at school?

It was 1991, when the failure and dropout rate in Brazil reached frightening numbers. The same profile took place in the microcosm of the Aldeia de Rio Bonito, a unit of the SOS Villages * in the south of São Paulo. There, educators and managers, volunteers and donors were looking for a solution to the problem, realizing the need to look for a different way of teaching that would better match the way of learning from public school students; that managed to arouse interest in school content and favor its assimilation.

The first step was to look for success stories: How do those teachers who always get a good performance from their students? What happens in those times when everything goes well for most teachers?

This research and the consultation of the specialized literature resulted in a proposal to improve teaching and prioritize the permanence in schools of children at risk of school failure or dropout. Labor Pedagogical Proposal.

A pilot project was applied (for 13 years) at a small elementary school - "Labor First Grade School Hermann Gmeiner" - to test and perfect the Labor Teaching Proposal. The school started in 1992, with 25% of children from Aldeia SOS in Rio Bonito and 75% of students from surrounding public schools, those children who repeat and which schools considered “lost cases, without learning conditions”.

The experience was essential to confirm the correctness of the new proposal and better adjust it to the school reality.

In 1995, the Labor Proposal was mentioned in the collection Raízes e Asas, a survey of innovative school experiences edited by CENPEC with support from UNICEF. From that year on, some public schools interested in learning more about the proposal also appeared.

In 1997, four public schools in São Paulo participated in a 2-year course on transferring the methodology of the Labor proposal. The main objective was to instruct educators to be co-authors of more effective teaching for children and adolescents at risk of exclusion from school.

This course was the subject of research by PUCSP with support from FAPESP and VITAE. It was a very important research for Labor, because, in addition to endorsing the proposal and the way to introduce it in public schools, it brought a new challenge: the verification of the importance of the principals to effect the changes in the school.

In 2000, Labor returned to research and elaborate a democratic school management proposal, with tools that facilitate the elaboration of Pedagogical Political Projects with the entire school community, as recommended by the LDB of 1996.

From the foundation of the organization in 1991 to 2015, 45 different projects were developed, involving many partners, in several Brazilian states, with 2,841 schools, directly reaching 21,500 educators, of which 2,560 with individual guidance. Indirectly, around 1,492,450 students were benefited. In addition, the “Labor pedagogy” has directly influenced many other projects whose pedagogical proposal was directly inspired by the way in which this organization works. This was the case, for example, with the Fonte da Vida Project (80 schools in the metropolitan region of São Paulo, with the transfer of methodology to schools in Argentina) and the Genesis Project (90 schools in Espírito Santo, with the transfer of methodology and didactic material for schools in the Principality of Asturias - region in northern Spain). Find out more in Success Stories.

Labor's work is based on the premise that children's education is an indispensable channel for socialization. Today, without school, exclusion is inevitable.

* NGO founded in Austria in 1949 that is dedicated to welcoming children deprived of their families, offering them a life as similar as possible to that of a natural family.


Year 1991

Associação Educacional Labor was founded in 1991, a non-profit institution, by a team of educators in search of a differentiated pedagogical proposal that prioritizes the permanence in the children's school with a history of school failure or in process evasion.

Years 1992 to 1997

A small first grade school - "Labor Hermann Gmeiner First Grade School " is created to serve children from the Village and the region. The school started with 25% of children from Aldeia SOS in Rio Bonito and 75% of students from surrounding public schools, just repeat children and that schools considered "lost cases, without learning conditions".

FAPESP (São Paulo State Research Support Foundation) and VITAE approve a research project by PUC-SP (Pontifical Catholic University), based on "research" in four schools who demanded and were going through the process of training the Labor proposal. Thus, the first version of the Labor fascicles is produced.

Years 1994 to 2004

Multidisciplinary group supported by Instituto C&A , develops the Participatory Strategic Management (GEP) proposal for schools.

In 2001, Labor is classified as the 395th Largest Charity Entity in Brazil in 2001, according to the Analysis carried out by Kanitz & Associados.

In 2003 Labor became a partner of SABESP - Project “Água Viva, Viva Água” and Fundação Itaú Social - Project “Collaborate and Grow with Diadema”. In the following year, it starts partnerships with the VOITH Group - Project “Learning to Dream” and BOVESPA Social - Project “Youth in Action”.

Altogether, 475 teachers directly benefited, and 50,787 students indirectly from 47 schools .

Years 2005 to 2013

Years 2005 to 2007

In 2005 Labor signed a partnership with the Rotary Clube - Project “Reading and Writing with Pleasure” and continues with the support of the Fundação Itaú Social - Project “Realizing Dreams”. The following year, Labor becomes a partner of AES Eletropaulo - “Stay Connected” Project, by Odebrecht , AMUBS and IDES ; - Project “Training of Municipal Educators of the Southern Lowlands”, and of the Instituto UNIBANCO - Project “Youth of the Future”.

In 2007, Associação Educacional Labor was officially listed in the list of most competent NGOs in the world to work in partnership with the private sector, being among the 6 elected in Brazil . The list was drawn up by the United Nations Global Compact (The United Nations Global Compact), and the list was released in 2007, at the Global Compact Leaders Meeting, organized by the UN in Geneva.

In all, the projects directly benefited 435 teachers , 122 principals , 15 coordinators , and indirectly 31,700 students of 75 schools and 10 daycare centers .

Years 2008 to 2009

In 2008, Labor starts a partnership with the Instituto Sylvio Passarelli - Project “Passport for Success”, and in continuation of the partnership with AES Eletropaulo, implements the Project “Action Plan for Nurseries maintained by AES Eletropaulo ”. In the following year, Labor started a partnership with Hamburg Süd - Project "Education: Transport for Success", and Gerdau Aços Longos S / A - Project "Passport for Success".

At the Giulio David Leone School, the first training project for Pedagogical Coordinators takes place. This project was repeated, in the following years, in different locations, being the only one to guide the practice of PCs in the region and, apparently, in Brazil.

In all, the projects directly benefited 127 teachers , 32 coordinators , and indirectly 26,140 students from 49 schools and 2 nurseries.

Years 2011 to 2013

In 2011, Labor starts a partnership with the companies SunCoke Energy - Project “Subindo a Serra, Ampliando Horizontes”, with Construtora Andrade Gutierrez SA - Project “Zona Sul de São Paulo: Achieving excellence in Education ”, and is awarded with resources from FEMA (Municipal Environment Fund) - Project“ Guarapiranga: Te Quero Viva ”.

Two years later, Labor takes a big step, by implementing the Moodle (Distance Learning) platform in its projects. We developed projects with the Associação Parceiros da Educação - Project “The Management Team Building a Quality School”, and we started training together with the Vivenda da Criança .

In all, the projects directly benefited 564 teachers, 37 principals, 54 deputy principals, 54 coordinators, 6 managers, and indirectly 24,300 students from 60 schools.

Year 2014 to 2021

Years 2014 to 2015

In 2014, Labor's partnership with SunCoke Energy , Serra Municipal Education Secretariat and State Education Secretariat for school teachers begins. state of the municipality of Serra, ES - Project “The Pedagogue as the Articulating Agent of the School's Pedagogical Process”. And a partnership is also signed with the Instituto Alcoa - Project “The Coordinator as the Articulator of the School's Pedagogical Process”.

In partnership with the Fundação Hermann Hering , Labor develops a project aimed at Pedagogical Coordinators of the Education Departments - Municipal and State - in the municipalities of Goianésia and São Luís de Montes Belos in the state of Goiás.

In all, the projects directly benefited 64 educators, 2 technicians from the State Department and 2 technicians from the Municipal Department, and indirectly 1,240 teachers and 30,400 students.

Years 2016 to 2019

Through the case of "Education for Sustainability", Associação Educacional Labor received the seal of the Benchmarking Program which recognizes, certifies and shares the best socioenvironmental practices of Brazilian institutions.

Labor consolidates the Training Program for Pedagogues , management teams and completes 10 years of partnership with SunCoke Energy , working with public schools in the Municipality of Serra, with the Secretary of Education of the Espírito Santo and the Secretary of Education of the Municipality of Serra (ES).

Labor partners with Amankay Instituto de Pesquisa to develop a pilot for the Inclusive Education Program, supported by the Instituto Mahle , in the region of Grajaú, São Paulo.

Labor participates in the " Learning to Deal with Money " Program by writing the Educator's Notebook for Editora BEI and conducting teacher training with the Instituto BEI in PE and GO.

Years 2020 to 2021

With the pandemic, Labor restructured its training, expanding Distance Education (EAD), with a structured plan, live classes, recorded classes, tutoring, assessment and diversified activities. With this new format, Labor is able to increase the scale of its training, expanding the impact of its Programs. Labor is approved in the Salvador Arena Foundation public notice and training on Inclusive Education begins. We validated the project “Sponsor an educator”. In addition, new opportunities have emerged with BEI Educação for the development of textbooks.

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