The “Brazil class” in spring 2008
Barbecues, waffle-backing, cocktail-mixing: mini-jobs for Brasil09
Building the youth centre in March 2009

Our history

The flying classroom

March 2007, a crazy idea: Grade ten students want to fly to Brazil together, support young Brazilians and do something to help make their future something to look forward to. It annoys them that many adults think they would not have the power or the money to change something. These excuses did not satisfy the 16-year-olds. To get used to the pictures of hunger and poverty? It should not have to come to that.

Development aid instead of a class trip

Instead of going on a class trip to Italy or Greece in grade twelve they want to travel to Brazil and support young people of the same age. In Porto pupils do not suffer of hunger. But the possibilities for education are very bad. After school they often get low-paid co-worker jobs or are forced to move far away. The pupils from Sorsum in contrast will leave their school with a good qualification, which gives them many possibilities of further education.

The students have got two years to raise the money for the flights and development project of their own. After having made up a rough concept, they then for the first time speak to their class teacher about the project. She is pleased about the drive to self-fulfilment of her students. Being afraid of setting a foot on a plane herself, she says:”If you think you can do it, just go on and try!”

Sometimes a school learns from its pupils

The class teacher probably did not think her students would reach their goal. But she incited their ambitions. They looked for a development aid organisation, found partners in Brazil, raised over 100,000 Euros, built a youth centre in Brazil and became friends with the Brazilian adolescents. “Brasil09” refers to the journey in 2009 with which the students showed proof to others and themselves that everybody shapes the world.

Today, younger students have assumed the responsibilities and are implementing own projects. Five times students have travelled to Brazil for the project, three times Brazilian friends came to Germany. While so many students, alumni, teachers and families are involved in Brasil09 it has become a true ‘generation-project’.