Globally, significant progress has been achieved in elevating the position and dreams of children. United Nations data show that mortality rates of chilren under 5 years of age have dropped by 49% from 1990 - 2013. Primary school enrollment in developing regions reached 90% in 2010, up from 82% in 1999, which means more kids than ever are attending primary school. However, it is also true that youth are three times more likely than adults to be unemployed, and over 350 million young people are not engaged in education, employment, or training.
The lesson of the following video by Fundação Pão Dos Pobres is that reality can't stop us from dreaming. To show that dreams are worthwhile, Pão dos Pobres created an art exhbition entitled "Por Trás Sonhos" (Behind the Dreams) featuring young people who illustrate their dreams for the future and professional artists who transform these dreams into depictions of reality. Reality is often darker than our dreams, but that should be reason enough to work for positive change.
Fundação Pão Dos Pobres (Bread of the Poor Foundation), based in Porto Alegre, Brazil is dedicated to projects that provide basic social needs to children and young people who are experiencing social vulnerability, poverty or a rights violations. Through training courses, workshops, and meal plans, Fundação Pão Dos Pobres provides food, housing, clothing, professional employment courses, and employment transition services to 1,200 children and adolescents at high social risk. Their mission is to enhance the development of children and adolescents through social and educational practices.
Source: Pão dos Pobres
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