AFESU promotes a research “O jovem CDE e a educação profissional” (CDE youngster and the professional education), a partnership with Instituto Plano CDE and Instituto Carlyle Brasil, aiming to get to know youngsters from Social Classes C, D and E (Lower classes in Brazil) and, thus, positively intervening in their process of educational formation and starting at the job world. “The study showed that AFESU is in the right way and brought us security to invest in work fronts that appear as urgent to the public who we work with”, says Fernanda Figueiredo, CEO at AFESU.
Besides analyzing secondary data, such as the ones from PNAD (National Sample Survey of Households)/IBGE 2015 (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) and from other studies about the theme, the research accomplished a quantitative step with coordinators, teachers and youngsters from 14 to 18 years old from neighborhoods of São Paulo metropolitan area, with the help of AFESU Veleiros, AFESU Moinho and Centro Educacional Assistencial Profissionalizante (CEAP – Professionalizing Assistant Educational Center).
Some of the most relevant data of the research are the challenges that the public educational systems face regarding school delay, evasion and low knowledge of students. The number of 19-year-old girls who do not work or study is 45%, and the main reason shown in the research is pregnancy in adolescence. Among men that number drops to 30%. Furthermore, 37% of youngsters between 15 and 17 years old from those social classes leave High School with inadequate knowledge to their school age – only 9% of them have enough knowledge of Mathematics and 27% of Portuguese. “The strategy AFESU implemented in 2017 meets such demands, once we have been investing in projects for younger students to be able to make up for the school deficit”, says Fernanda.
Another point of view shown by the research is the job market regarding youngsters. The professional universe demands skills they do not have yet, such as professional posture, speaking in public, doing presentations, sending a formal e-mail and using Excel. “We are happy to know those skills demanded are worked within our pedagogical methodology. Preceptory is shown to be a very efficient tool, it is in it we are able to work the social-emotional skills in the youngsters, as well as their project of life”, says Fernanda.The research also showed that the most valued extracurricular courses are the ones that prepare them to the job world, being language and informatics preferred by over 70% of the youngsters interviewed. Furthermore, Technical Education came as a front to make a difference in the youngsters’ lives, however, its offer is still very limited.
The courses that come with the highest potential of job openings in the job market are activities related to the human health, food manufacturing and information technology services. “We have been preparing ourselves to expand the work at the gastronomy area. In 2018 we are going to launch a new course in that area. Also, we are going to start a new course on Management and Technology, which meets the indicators of the research”, says Fernanda Figueiredo.