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Quim Camargo

Pre-test Classes and Anti Racism Project,
Team Lead

Quim Camargo is a 17 years old student who grew up in Brazil. Passionate, since a kid, about mathematics and music, the blend between rationality and sensibility opened his eyes to the social problems of the world.


Around 10 years old, Quim was playing soccer at a local soccer school. Those people he played and competed with had always made him feel part of that group, they were his friends. One occasion, though, blurred some of his beliefs. The coach was giving a speech about an internal championship that would occur that summer, and some of his words changed Quim’s perspective in a way he wouldn’t see the world in the same way he did before: “There is a tax to pay, I know that it is expensive and most of you will not afford to pay it…”. He heard the value, and the only thing he could think was the abyss between him and those other kids, as he surely could pay that tax, but those people - who he shared so grateful moments with, who he felt equally to and considered his friends - couldn’t.


Suddenly, he wasn’t the same as the other people. He had something that they hadn’t, not because he earned it, but because, structurally, society has divided them that way. This was his first social shock and he was nonconformist with that. Though he is not in that school anymore, he kept these values, outraged that social inequalities can tear apart so deeply a society, and ambitious that one day the world could be a more equal place.


In the school environment, Quim has two main activities, that together compose his interests on the academic strand and his social worries: the “Pre-test Classes” and the “Anti Racism Project”. The “Pre-test Classes” are volunteer online classes made by students to summarize the subject of a test in school right before the date of it. Quim started this movement because some people reached him to ask for help right before a mathematics test. But as the number of people worried about the test grew, Quim thought of a way to reach the maximum number of people interested. The project expanded to other subjects than only math, and a lot of students started to share their knowledge of their best subject at school, creating a helping environment for all of the students  before a test day. The “Anti Racism Project” is based on a project that Quim’s school started, that aims the entry of indigenous and black people in the school campus. Quim talked to his friends about this project, but people didn’t know that it existed. So, “Anti Racism Project” came to spread the project the school was creating and, mainly, to promote the debate about Anti Racism at school between students.


The experience of living abroad and studying in a Great University, Quim believes that it could expand his horizons as a person. His main goal at the university and his career beyond is to try to understand the world economically and socially to be able to make an impact on it.

Quim Camargo: Team Members
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