After a positive experience with the mobile app Promise Tracker, used by students who mobilized to improve school meals in Santarém (in the north of Brazil), members from Projeto SOL decided to take their initiative forward. Data collection by the students in eight schools in the city, coupled with the awareness brought by campaigns and the media, the pupils established a dialogue with the Public Ministry and other authorities of the educational system. The results were concrete improvements in the school meals in the city.
In order to leverage this impact, students from Projeto SOL are sharing their experience with other students at the city’s public schools. Through workshops, an increasing number of young people are learning about Promise Tracker and how to start monitoring campaigns using the app.
The Humanitas360 Institute partnered with Civic Center at the MIT Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Co:Lab at the University of São Paulo (Brazil) in order to investigate and study projects that have been employing Promise Tracker as a tool. The objective of the case studies of the app is to share good practices of monitoring of public services by citizens. To learn more about Promise Tracker and the project that Humanitas360 has developed with partners, H360 is hosting a special event in São Paulo entitled “Technology and Transparency: Engaging Students in the Monitoring of School Meals.” The event will happen on May 31st. Sign up here.