New Programme Hopes To Help Poor In Brazil Gain Access To Computers

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Providencia, Rio De Janiero
1. Tilt down from shantytown to house where computer school is located.
2. Various children playing ball in shantytown.
3. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Samuel Ferreira:
"To me it makes a difference because if I learn to use computers I can get a much better job, instead of mixing with the violence in the shantytown. I'd rather learn to do many things in the computer".
4. Various children walking in shantytown
5. Various of children in computer school. Samuel Ferreira is among them.
6. Teacher Mario Chagas helping children.
7. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Mario Chagas, Instructor at CDI (Committee for Digital Democracy):
"Today in Brazil, despite all the projects done for the area, practically seventy percent of Brazilians are excluded from digital information".
8. SOUNBITE (Portuguese) Unidentified grandmother:
"I think it is marvelous. At least besides learning, they are taken care of in a safe place, better than staying home".
9 Tilt down to grandson
10. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Grandson:
"I know all about playing games".
11. Various children using computers. Teacher helping a girl.
Brazil Central Train Station
12. Various computers for the Digital Information Campaign by Committee for Digital Democracy (CDI)shows computers to people who never used them.
13. Rodrigo Baggio, founder and president of CDI being interviewed by a local TV station.
14. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Rodrigo Baggio, President of Committee for Digital Democracy (CDI): "Digital inclusion brings quick results for social inclusion. It increases the opportunity for low income people to get work and a better position in the job market. It also gives an opportunity for low income Brazilian men and women to dream of a better future, breaking the cycle of misery and poverty".
15. Mother and child on computer for the first time, playing a game.
16. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Vilma Maria da Silva, Mother:
"From now on wherever there is a computer I will use it because now I know how. I won't be afraid or shy anymore".
17. More of children and teenagers using computers.
18. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Thais Marcolino, Student:
"We are learning to use computers because if we don't we are going to be ridiculed".
19. Indian man with hat, on computer.
20. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Manuel Espich�n, Artisan:
"People who live far away don't have much access and computers that arrived in these new times give the people better access".
21. Various Rodrigo Baggio speaking to crowd at inauguration of new computer assembly school and refurbished computer school.
22. Instructor Mario Chagas introducing new teachers, both former CDI pupils.
24. Student assembling computer with instructor Joel Santos.
25. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Joel Santos, Instructor of PC mounting and maintenance:
"I worked for long as a doorman and security guard and later when I became unemployed I started doing the course, mounting and maintenance. I started learning and I liked it, now I am here doing this work.
26. Pile of old computers
27. SOUNDBITE. Ricardo Avelar (Portuguese) "It's a profession we are acquiring here to be able to enter the job market where the digital sector is growing and expanding".
28. Mounting and maintenance class. Instructor showing computer parts.
Brazil's children live in acute poverty according to the World Bank.
One result of this is that they often do not have access to computers.
But a not-for-profit-organisation has been working to change this.
The Committee for Digital Democracy (CDI) is a non-profit group that aims to bring technology to those who would not ordinarily be able to use it.
In the shantytowns children would not normally have access to computers.

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