Goioerê is a municipality in the Southern Region of Brazil in the state of Paraná.
The state of Paraná is one of Brazil’s richer states. This is partly because it is one of Brazil’s major coffee producing regions.
However, the state’s poverty levels are the highest within the southern states. Children, young people and families living in poverty need extra support.
Since 1977, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Goioerê.
Access to education is a basic right for all children, so that they can access knowledge, and develop social skills and values.
And yet, according to data from 2020, over 5 million Brazilian children aged 6 – 17 didn’t have access to education. Those living in rural areas are the most excluded. School attendance is closely linked to family income and poverty.
UNICEF research found that out-of-school rates are highest among – to use their terms- black, brown and indigenous children and adolescents living in rural areas.
In many areas of Brazil, violence is a daily reality for children, young people and families. Children who experience violence while growing up are often affected for the rest of their lives. For example, results of a study on alcohol use found that children experiencing child abuse or sexual violence were more likely to consume excessive amount of alcohol or drugs in adulthood.
Over 58 million children in the Latin American and Caribbean region have endured at least one form of violence. In the Paraná state in particular, where Goioerê is located, has the highest rate of children who are raped in Brazil.