A very serious education problem in Brazil is the high level of school failure that leads millions of children and youngsters to increase the age-grade distortion rates. This happens because of an educational system which still fails to deliver quality education to students, especially in the States of the North and Northeast regions, where Piauí is at. This State still features on the 2013 ranking with 34,7% of its students behind in their elementary studies, but has been investing to reduce this percentage. In four years, it achieved an 18% drop, while Brazilian average fell 14%.
This result is a consequence of public policies to improve education, like the partnership with the Instituto Ayrton Senna, whose educational programs have led hundreds of school leaders to believe their students are capable of learning and passing grades. Dropout has been decreasing and more children are moving forward in their studies with enthusiasm. The average passing rate at the municipal public systems that partner Instituto Ayrton Senna surpasses 90% and the qualification of results in external evaluations such as the Prova Brasil (large scale government evaluation) is a goal to be reached.
Thank all of you who contributed to our program so far, and allowed us to invest US$ 12.717 to benefit the children of Piauí. But we still need to raise further resources in order to reach our goal and we are counting on you to improve these children’s lives.
School Newspaper encourages children from Piaui to learn
Students of small town Água Branca, in Piauí, are playing the role of journalists during 2014. The reason is that Instituto Ayrton Senna has taken there the School Newspaper project, which aims to stimulate children to read, analyze and form their own opinion. Writing and editing a newspaper in class allow students to improve their writing and reading, besides boosting cooperation and critical thinking competencies.
In all, 1057 students from 4th to 7th grade of elementary school of 7 schools are taking part of the project. Each school will produce 3 newspaper issues over the year. In the newspaper production the teachers work on specific textual genres (opinion texts, comics, poetry, life story, based note, reader´s letter, etc.) in formats that include editorial, report news, interview, etc. Thus, students will have the chance to learn while having fun, engaged to say what they think and what they know.
“For students to produce good texts they must know what they mean, who they are writing for and which is the genre that best expresses those ideas. Reaching such goals requires hard reading and constant review, aspects that we believe will be covered by building the School Newspaper.” – says Gildon Gonçalves Lima, teacher and pedagogical coordinator of Municipal School Maria do Carmo Ennes Fonseca.
Children are thrilled with the novelty. Schools of Água Branca have been making progress in education but a great deal of work is still needed. Official assessments point out that only 33% of students have learn properly in reading and texts interpretation up to 5th grade in municipal schools system. In the state of Piaui, the index is even low: only two out of ten children of this age group know how to read and write accordingly.
For this reason, you donation is much important. The funds collected through Global Giving help to change the reality of children and young from Piauí so that they succeed in school and in life.
Photos credit: Neyla Siqueira dos Santos Alencar || Education Department Coordinator – Água Branca - PI
The resources donated through the ‘Global Giving’ project are making a difference in the lives of thousands of Brazilian children and young people. These are children in the state school systems who are managing to glimpse a better and more promising future with each passing day!
The city of Castelo do Piauí, located around 200km from Teresina, the capital of Piauí state, is an example of this new reality and, through a partnership with the Ayrton Senna Institute, it is reinforcing the understanding that effective educational administration can make a tangible contribution to the full development of children and young people.
In 2006, the municipality decided to focus on the education that it was offering its children and, to do so, established a partnership with the Institute, adopting the ‘Acelera Brasil’ (‘Accelerate Brazil’), ‘Se Liga’ (‘Connect Yourself’), ‘Circuito Campeão’ (‘Champion Circuit’) and ‘Gestão Nota 10’ (‘Top Marks Management’) programs. The work is intense, requiring a great deal of dedication, motivation and commitment to overcoming challenges, values that Ayrton Senna experienced on and off the track, and which provide the ‘fuel’ for the work to become a reality.
One important step, taken in 2010, was the intensification of the literacy policy. In doing so, the partnership focused on the training of literacy teachers, staged activities that involved the families, invested in child education and reading throughout all the school years.
The results are very exciting! In 2007, in the first year of elementary education in the municipal schools of Castelo do Piauí, 87.4% of children were literate. In 2012, this figure had risen to 92.5%; in other words, almost all the children had learned how to read and write properly.
In 2012, attendance hit 93% of students, and absolutely every pupil remained in school: no children dropped out of school or abandoned their studies!
The city also took first place amongst municipalities’ literacy levels throughout the entire State of Piauí.
All the actions and these impressive results have only possible thanks to donations from people who, just like the Institute and you, believe that education is the most important path for training and preparing people for life.
Now, even more, we need to make sure that the story that has unfurled in Castelo do Piauí can be repeated in every other town in the state. To do so, we are counting on you!
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The actions to improve public education in Piauí remain speeded up and bringing good results! In the past month of August, 50 managers gathered to a training meeting in order to master the goals, contents and targets of “Gestão Nota 10”, an educational program implemented in the state by Instituto Ayrton Senna in partnership with Piauí Department of Education.
Currently, Gestão Nota 10 covers 348 schools in 125 cities. In 2012 alone, 102.238 students from 1st to 9th grade of elementary school were benefited.
The team´s hard work was worthwhile: out of total students, 82% were approved in the early years and 77.1% were approved in the final years.
Luiza Solano, State Coordinator of Gestão Nota 10 Program, highlights that the ongoing follow-up provided by the program brings about consistent information and detailed reports that analyze results, suggesting schools quick interventions to the improvement of the educational services rendered. “Turning quantity information into quality information is part of the day-to-day life of every manager, when data become raw material of the management process”, she emphasizes.
In order to keep up with such thorough monitoring, every month managers feed an online system called SIASI-GP (Instituto Ayrton Senna System Information – Programs Management), an important process assessment tool which allows identify problems types and localization so that the team acts quickly.
By the present partnership, Piauí’s educational network intends to achieve universal enrollment, increase literacy rate among 7 year-old children, increase approval rate in all grades, decrease dropout rate, reduce the time to conclude the elementary school (combat school failure), save money from public coffers through efficiency of management and rationalization of public offices in the State Education Department.
Ayrton Senna, the three-time F1 champion, used to say “if we want to change something, we must start with the children, through their education”. If you believe this, join us. Make your donation and help Instituto Ayrton Senna to take to Piauí all practices and knowledge so that teaching has the expected quality. In other words, to ensure that children from Piauí learn, pass the year and achieve bigger opportunities of success in life. Only with your help we will make it possible!
(Photography by Mano de Carvalho)
The city of Castelo do Piauí, in the state of Piauí, has been benefited by Ayrton Senna Institute since 2007 and has been achieving good results after “Gestão Nota 10” (“Top Marks Management”) implementation - an educational program developed and implemented by Ayrton Senna Institute which offers management tools to schools’ principals and to Department of Education´s teams as well. It also provides indicators and sets goals to be accomplished.Following Gestão Nota 10´s (“Top Marks Management”) management method, the Department of Education articulated, along with other city hall´s sectors, a multi-sectorial work plan in order to promote public policies focused on children and young people.Indicators´ follow-up is performed inside schools by representatives of Education, Health, Social Assistance, Councils, Public Prosecutor and society´s organizations.“More than checking children’s attendance, teams observe effective learning besides issues related to health, protection and social inclusion. They come to schools every day, thus, cases such as violation, abuse and violence are identified by the educators and referred to the relevant department. Afterwards, they monitor the process and results of those interventions. A child is a whole being, if she or he is not healthy, fed and at peace with themselves and their families, the learning process will be jeopardized”, says Raimunda Alves de Melo, coordinator of “Gestão Nota 10” (“Top Marks Management”) in Castelo do Piauí.
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