The Coffee Kids at School program is designed to integrate schools in coffee producing digital content, allowing a large number of children in the rural zone to have the same access to knowledge as the children in large urban centers. Together with an improvement in the quality of teaching, we believe that we are contributing to reducing rural exodus, and preventing workers from being restricted to the field.

History and Current Activities

The project began in 2004, and currently features 137 digital laboratories established in six States across the Country. The Program began with an IT lab, fully fitted with 10 computers, IT equipment and related school material. Each digital lab was set up in partnership with a Cecafé exporting member, or an organization in the industry. The choice of the benefiting municipality is normally made by a Cecafé member exporting company that has a branch or sells coffee in the region, and therefore has first-hand knowledge of local needs.

In 2015, CECAFÉ has decided to focus its efforts on modernizing the existing Digital Labs and expanding their use for teaching and by the community around the school.


The public served by the “Coffee Kids at School” program is made up of young people and children in public pre-schools, elementary schools and middle schools in coffee producing communities, and in many cases, the school’s teachers themselves. Some schools open the digital suite for use by the surrounding community.

Benefits for teachers

  • Digital Inclusion
  • Encouragement
  • Self-confidence
  • New knowledge
  • Improved teaching quality
  • Exchange of experiences
  • New techniques for teaching
  • Global learning
  • Autonomy
  • Interdisciplinary work

Benefits for students

  • Digital Inclusion
  • Encouragement
  • Being valued
  • Opportunities
  • Interactive learning
  • Teamwork
  • New knowledge
  • Global learning
  • Support in cognitive development

Program in figures

  • 137 digital suites
  • 1.370 computers installed
  • 40.000 children and young people benefiting
  • 6 producing states reached: MG, BA, ES, SP, PR, RJ

Key Results Achieved

  • Volunteering: The project has encouraged the spirit of volunteering in communities where it was implemented, encouraging people who have knowledge of IT to dedicate a few hours a week to teaching teachers and students.
  • Participating community: The community’s access to the Digital lab is growing, especially in schools that have weekend and nighttime programs.
  • Increased attendance: The digital labs work to increase students’ interest in school, and subsequently to increase students’ school attendance.
  • Local content production: Production of school newspapers, school projects, tutoring, use of educational programs, use of computers as an education support tool.
  • Visibility: The participation of the exporting company, and of Cecafé itself, in the community, strengthens the industry’s image in the region.

Participating schools