Nov 18, 2019

Cristina uses Scratch to motivate her students

Cristina at her training
Cristina at her training

Dear friends,

We are glad to share that we incorporated a new element of training of trainers in digital and computer science skills. This training strengthens teachers’ skills and provided them with strategies to promote computer science tools in their teachings, regardless of the subject at hand. Facilitators are motivated and better prepared to implement their newly acquired knowledge with participants.

We wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your generosity and support in helping Brazilian youth with disabilities, and now, facilitators in vulnerable communities.

Meet Cristina, she is a 37-year-old teacher from the city of Maracanaú. She is a teacher specialized in educational computing and, in her free time, she loves researching new technologies to introduce to her students.

She joined POETA at the IDEAR Center in Maracanau to acquire new digital skills with the hopes of improving the quality of her teachings. At the Center, Cristina stood out as a friendly and passionate student who was always eager to share her learnings with both her peers and students. She learned how to use key platforms such as Skype, Microsoft Sway and other useful tools of Office 365.

Cristina describes all the training offered through POETA  as enriching and greatly appreciates the opportunity to learn at the Center. Thanks to her new skills, Cristina has been able to improve a project of hers where children sing and play through a computer program that works with a programming language called Scratch. Cristina’s project has already received several awards, including the Teachers' Award of the State of Brazil.

Working with technology brought motivation and personal satisfaction to Cristina. As she continues working on her project, Cristina prepared a presentation and a musical demonstration which she will present at IDEAR’s annual event this August. In the future, Cristina wants to continue learning about programming and ICT so that she can share further knowledge with her students.

Other teachers at their digital skills training
Other teachers at their digital skills training
POETA Center in Maracanau
POETA Center in Maracanau
Students at the POETA Center
Students at the POETA Center
Aug 21, 2019

Ricardo's Story

Ricardo
Ricardo

We Owe it All to You!

Dear friends,

Despite struggling with center drop-outs and students finding course material challenging, the POETA centers have proven to be very successful at attracting new students, marketing the course offerings, and connecting students with their next “big step” post course completion- whether that be a coveted new position, internship, a promotion, or going back to school.

We wanted to take the opportunity to thank you all for your generosity and support in helping Brazilian children with disabilities, like Ricardo, unlock their potential through technology and life skills training.

Ricardo is a 33-year-old student at the POETA center run by our local partner, SPDM, in Guarani, Brazil. Ricardo originally sought the POETA center in order to take courses that would teach him about wheelchair maintenance. However, once he became aware of the wide variety of courses offered at the center, he also enrolled in an entrepreneurship course.

As the course progressed, Ricardo began making great relationships with his peers in his courses and was an avid contributor during classroom discussions. His outstanding performance led to his referral to participate in a course about startups created by people with disabilities, and he even presented his project proposal during an international seminar.

By using the skills he learned at the POETA Center, Ricardo has become the proud owner of his own wheelchair maintenance company that he is today. He is already planning to expand his business in the near future.

POETA Center
POETA Center
POETA Center
POETA Center
May 23, 2019

Guilherme's Story

Guilherme studying at the Center
Guilherme studying at the Center

Dear Friends,

We want to thank you for partnering with us in our mission to empower youth with disabilities in Brazil through technical and life skills training by sharing a recent participant story from our local partner SPDM (Asso (Associação Paulista Para o Desenvolvimento da Medicina) in Guarani, Brazil.

Guilherme is a 21-year-old student who has Down Syndrome and Epilepsy, conditions that affect his learning pace. With the hope of acquiring new skills to obtain a job, Guilherme joined the POETA Center on January 24th, 2019, where he started taking training in Job Readiness, Digital Literacy, Health and Life Quality and Personal Finances.

As he became familiar with the content seen in class, including how to use a computer and Microsoft Office tools, Guilherme also began to develop his social skills by making friends among his classmates and increasing his self-esteem.

Guilherme's experiences at the POETA Center in Guarani and the mentorship and guidance he received from the Center's facilitators enabled him to grow emotionally and to be more prepared to obtain a job.

At this time, Guilherme is still taking part in training at the Center and, through the Center's efforts and local partnerships, he is now closer to obtain a job.

Guarani POETA Center
Guarani POETA Center
 
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