There are 3.8 million children and teenagers out of school in Brazil. These are young people from 4 to 17 years old who are being deprived of rights guaranteed by the constitution and of developing skills that will be necessary in their future adult lives. To ensure the right to learn, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched the initiative to coping with school exclusion Fora da Escola Não Pode! (Out of School Children).

In 2014, Instituto TIM joined UNICEF to develop the technological solution Busca Ativa Escolar, which will facilitate and encourage the work of municipalities in the active search of those 3.8 million children and teenagers. The objective is to provide public managers with an innovative approach to reach out to children who are out of school by means of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

The municipalities that participate in the initiative will form teams with professionals from different areas within the municipal government (health workers, social workers, etc.), Guardianship Councils, NGOs or other institutions. This will be the network of Fora da Escola Não Pode!. During their interactions with the community, these agents will identify and report, through the solution (installed on a tablet or mobile phone), cases of children who should be in school but are not.

The technological solution will enhance the coordination of different areas of government, as everyone will have access to the same database. The system allows each municipality to monitor their children out of school, cross information through filters, identify the highest demands, sort them by neighborhood or age group, check the open and resolved cases. With this type of quality information, public managers will have more subsidies to monitor and make decisions on how to tackle school exclusion in their municipality.

The project was implemented in pilot format in São Bernardo do Campo (SP), Campina Grande (PB), Vilhena (RO), Bujari (AC), Anápolis (GO), Itaúna (MG), Serrinha (BA) and Tabuleiro do Norte (CE).