During the last election campaign for the position of Mayor of Brazilian capital, Rio de Janeiro, eventual winner Marcelo Crivella made a powerful commitment to bringing over 60,000 new preschool and daycare places to the world-renowned city. One individual eagerly awaiting the start of this ambitious infrastructure project is Felipe Montoro Jens, one of the nations top infrastructure specialists who has made his career on developing strong public-private partnerships to benefit many government agencies. Montoro Jens has explained the need for private investment in public programs as important in making sure the latest technology is used to complete the best infrastructure programs available.
Felipe Montoro Jens stated anybody who had followed the Mayoral election should have been anticipating the beginning of this program as it formed the basis of many campaign speeches made by the candidate Crivella. In developing the Rio de Janeiro-based program, Felipe Montoro Jens believes Mayor Crivella has been looking back at the preschool education program developed in the industrial region of Bolo Horizonte in 2012 which saw the development of strong links between public agencies and private companies in a range of successful Private-Public Partnerships.
Mayor Crivella made his campaign promise to develop a chain of Infant Education Units across the Rio de Janeiro region which would allow an extra 20,000 kindergarten places to be created and a further 40,000 preschool spots to open by 2020. Felipe Montoro Jens praised the plans already revealed for the model the PPP will take as the private companies found by the World Bank Group will be responsible for constructing and operating these Infant Education Units on a daily basis; Mayor Crivella has promised Rio de Janeiro’s City hall will provide the funding for the lunches provided for students once the locations open.