Fundação Victor Civita

Fundação Victor Civita is a non-profit entity focused on improving education by recognizing quality educators and encouraging teaching as a profession. Created in 1985, its main initiative is the Educador Nota 10 Prize (Grade A Teacher Prize), which recognizes teachers from Early Childhood Education to High School, as well as pedagogical coordinators and school managers from public and private institutions across the country.


To value basic education teachers and school managers and to disseminate educational practices that help educators face the challenges of our time.

Educador Nota 10 Prize

The Educador Nota 10 Prize was created in 1998 by the Fundação Victor Civita, which, since 2014, holds the award in partnership with Abril, Globo and Fundação Roberto Marinho. It recognizes and values ​​teachers from kindergarten to high school as well as pedagogical coordinators and school managers from public and private schools across the country.

The Prize is supported by Nova Escola, Instituto Rodrigo Mendes Institute and UNICEF, and sponsored by Fundação Lemann and SOMOS Educação. Since 2018, the Educador Nota 10 Prize is associated with the Global Teacher Prize.

Over the last 21 editions, more than 70,000 projects have been received, and 231 educators, including teachers and school managers, have received awards, which received approximately R $ 2.58 million.

The Selection Academy, composed of Education professionals, specialists in the various disciplines, analyzes all the works received and among them, they choose 50 finalists. The 10 winners – Educadores Nota 10 – are then selected by the same Selection Academy. At the end of the process, a Judging Academy chooses the Educator of the Year.

The award-winning projects are simple and courageous ideas that reinforce the importance of the learning experience for children, teenagers and adults. The task of keeping them in a good school is an indispensable work for the transformation of this country into a better and more just nation.


History of Fundação Victor Civita

Victor Civita and Roberto Civita visiting a school in São Paulo (Brazil)

Victor Civita was one of the largest entrepreneurs in the country. Born in New York, in the United States, and son of Italians, he founded in 1950 the largest publishing group in Brazil, Editora Abril. In 1985, at the age of 78 and professionally accomplished, “Mr.” Victor, as he was known by the company’s employees, wanted to give back to Brazilians everything he had conquered. On his point of view, “an educated people is a rich and a strong people, because they know how to produce and to prosper”. Moved by this purpose and wanting to contribute to a country where there was a lack of schools, good teachers, encouragement of teaching work or materials to support pedagogical practices, Mr. Victor decided to create a private foundation focused on improving education: the Fundação Victor Civita, a non-profit organization, maintained by the Civita family.



Victor Civita signing off on the founding of Fundação Victor Civita, alongside José Mindlin (left)

Read the stories and biographies of Fundação Victor Civita’s leaders here




Trustee Council

Get to know the members of Fundação Victor Civita’s Trustee Council here.


Educational Research

Between 2007 and 2015, Fundação Victor Civita, through their Educational Studies and Research arm, investigated issues relevant to Brazilian primary education, and disseminated their findings among public policy makers, researchers, institutes, and universities, as well as among voluntary sector organizations focusing on education. Access all  Studies, Research and Special Features  developed by Fundação Victor Civita during this period.


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