Portas abertas para a inclusão


Project overview 2016

About the project

The Open doors to inclusion - Inclusive physical education project reaches its 3rd edition. Throughout this time, it has impacted thousands of schools and 91,954 students in 15 Brazilian states, certifying 916 educators.

The initiative was born out of a partnership between the Rodrigo Mendes Institute, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the FC Barcelona Foundation (FCB), and began in 2012 with the aim of training educators from various regions of Brazil to support the promotion of school inclusion of girls and boys with disabilities through safe sports practices.

In 2016, the project added another municipality to the 15 participating cities, Belford Roxo, in Rio de Janeiro, through an agreement between UNICEF and the Ministry of Sports. Thus, in 2016, more than 43,000 students, teachers, school administrators, family members and others involved were directly benefited by the local intervention projects created and implemented in 16 cities by "Open Doors" students.

One of the project’s results are the publications developed with the purpose of sharing knowledge at national and international levels. These are the Impact Report and the Compilation of practices, available in PDF and HTML formats, and videos on IRM’s YouTube channel that complement and detail experiences and their most important points, presenting the activities developed in some of the cities visited.

Participating municipalities

1st and 2nd Editions

Belo Horizonte, Belém, Brasília, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Maceió, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, São Paulo e São Luís.

3rd Edition

All cities + Belford Roxo (RJ).

Access the videos with testimonials and successful experiences in inclusive physical education!

Impacts 2012-2016

  • 15 states
  • 916 students certified
  • 91.954 students reached


Beginning of the project with the realization of research on inclusive educational experiences in Brazil. From the research, a case study and a thematic documentary were developed, both available at DIVERSA.
First course with the aim of training educators to offer physical activities that contemplated all of the students. 324 teachers, school administrators and technicians from the education departments of the 12 cities that hosted the games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup participated. Over 22,000 students were impacted.
Visit to three schools that developed good projects in the previous year and expanded their activities to the whole school unit: São Paulo (São Paulo), Salvador (Bahia) and Natal (Rio Grande do Norte). The video can be seen at DIVERSA.
Belém (Pará), São Luís (Maranhão) and Maceió (Alagoas) were included among the cities that received the "Open Doors". Thus, the course was taken to all of the cities participating in the UNICEF Platform for Urban Centers. 458 students were impacted as well as more than 50 thousand people directly, of whom 37 thousand were students of the public network.
In 2016 a new virtual learning environment (VLE) was implemented and a partnership was made with the Ministry of Sports, including the city of Belford Roxo among the participants. In addition, the Rio 2016 Games inspired the creation of projects that explored Olympic and Paralympic sports from an inclusive perspective, which was implemented in dozens of public schools.


Rodrigo Mendes Institute

Founded in 1994, the Rodrigo Mendes Institute is a non-profit organization committed to building an inclusive society through education and art. Its actions aim to collaborate so that the public school is able to welcome any and every child. To this end, it develops research programs, production of knowledge and training on inclusive education.

FC Barcelona Foundation

Since its foundation in 1994, the FC Barcelona Foundation has been an inexhaustible source of citizen participation for the numerous social, cultural and sporting activities that the Foundation has carried out. As of 2006, the FCB adheres to the Millennium Development Goals, proposed by the United Nations, based on experience gained in the field of sports and its values.


The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is a UN agency whose mandate is to ensure that every child and adolescent has their rights fully fulfilled, respected and protected. With presence in 191 countries, it is a world reference in knowledge and development actions related to childhood and adolescence.