“What impressed us was how evident the positive results are, mainly regarding the change of reading habits of students, teachers and of the community as whole, as well as a recognition of the own community of the role played by the libraries on local culture.” Simone Coelho, president-director of IDECA (Educational, Cultural and Community Action Development Institute), presenting the evaluation results of eight visited Vaga Lume communities in July 2010.
“Literature is about shortening distances and it is also about us getting to know the world which we live in, the time which we live in. These Amazon children will never forget the books they are reading.” Excerpt from a speech by the writer Miltom Hatoum, delivered at a Vaga Lume event on November 2009.
“You, children, do not know how privileged you are for finding such a wonderful team. You will be the volunteers of the future so as to, in Brazil, we will be able to promote this work, not only in the Legal Amazon, but all over Brazil, because that’s what Brazil as whole need.” Testimony given by Maria Stella Kubitschek, daughter of the former Brazilian president Juscelino Kubitschek, during the JK award ceremony, from IDB, Portugal, November 2009.
“We are working, at this very moment, here with Vaga Lume, for the lives of children yet to be born.” Statement made by Thiago de Mello, poet and writer, during the 3rd Vaga Lume Conference, July 2008.
"The results go far beyond the opening of horizons for teachers and students who participate in it: emotional bonds are created, expectations are fed, stimulus to personal transformation is exchanged and, certainly, the children who participate in those activities will become future citizens aware of the sustainable growth opportunities that exists in our country ." Testimony given by the judging panel of the Chico Mendes Prize for the Environment, 2008.
“This bridge that Vaga Lume builds between the children from Amazon and the children from São Paulo is a bridge between the education of today and the education of the future.” Testimony given by Gilberto Dimenstein, writer, for a Vaga Lume video, 2004.
“These Vaga Lumes are beacons trying to illuminate our country with books.” Testimony by Ignácio de Loyola Brandão, writer, for a Vaga Lume video, 2004.
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