Oct 13, 2021

Finally back to school

Back in class
Back in class

After a year and a half of schools being closed due to the pandemic, they have finally started opening up for limited numbers of children and we are back delivering the project in 6 different schools. Here we shall share the views of one of the school head's about what it means to have the teenagers back working with the children.

Flávia, head of Hercília school tells how “the project brought a return with more possibilities, in relation to educational activities of socialization and considering that our children also suffered a deficit in these two years during the pandemic. The Reading in Schools Project brought a more lively and diversified return, with pedagogical proposals that add to the school's. The challenges remain the same, we have a greater concern and focus regarding security protocols against coronavirus, but the concerns are the same as before. And, at the same time, we need to guarantee the children's daily routine with every pedagogical part, food and care. The project is of great importance, it is a project that expands the repertoire of pedagogical techniques, brings the lightness of teenagers in this interaction they have with children and a different moment of learning a different way of learning with new people. This also turns out to be a learning experience for teenagers. The project fits perfectly with what the group of teachers, pedagogical coordination and direction believe. The team sees the importance of reading mediation, puppet theatre and games in early childhood, this is something that ends up fitting perfectly, because it is the focus that the Secretary of Education has.”

Currently, class sizes are small as children are coming to school twice a week but by the end of October, if all goes well, then we shall be back to the full sized classes.

Storytelling
Storytelling
Sep 6, 2021

Hurrah, we are back to training on the field.

Reginaldo of SESI
Reginaldo of SESI

Since the beginning of the first Brazilian lockdown, mid March 2020, we have not been allowed to carry on the rugby training on the pitch at our partner SESI's sports centre. So it is a great joy to us and our child and youth athletes that from this Wdnesday, 8th September we shall be back.

We would like to bring you the expectations that Reginaldo, the sports centre director has for this new phase of our partnership.

“At SESI we work with the athlete of the future program, being a sports initiation for people development, so this program works with all the cross-cutting issues such as race, social position, color, gender, among others. Our program helps to develop children and teenagers in general, in addition to teaching sports.

Our expectations for the return of classes in person this year and trying to adapt the children and teenagers to the reality that we will need to follow, our expectations are to be able to get these children and teenagers out of inactivity and start exercising.

In this last year, due to the pandemic and a lot of physical inactivity, there are many new rules of coexistence, masks, alcohol gel, don't touch, don't relax and don't hug. For the sport this gets a little complicated, but let's try to adjust to this and motivate these children and teenagers for 2022."

It is wonderful for us at ACER to come back to such a strong partnership and be able to work together in top class facilities, helping the children to enrich their social and physical lives again through the practice of rugby.

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Going back to this...
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Jul 22, 2021

Learning New Skills

Our teacher Carol cuts out masks
Our teacher Carol cuts out masks

ACER was closed on March 14th and, owing to the severity of the pandemic, did not reopen until 3rd May. Since then, mask making has been in full swing and our women’s group, aided by the older teenagers, have to date made over 3,000 masks in both adult and children’s sizes for the ACER community. This has helped to keep ACER safely open and allowed vulnerable children to resume activities there, including rugby, futsal, capoeira and guitar. Receiving payment for their work is also an important way in which our textile groups can help to support their families during the pandemic. 

 The mask project brought the women’s and teenagers’ groups together for an important assignment that benefitted the ACER community as a whole. In June, some of the sports kids and their teachers visited the textile workspace, where the women showed them how the masks were made.

 The new activity of mask-making presented a challenge to the groups, as they needed to learn how to use new machines, work as a team, and set up a production process. A project such as this gives the participants an opportunity to develop, learn new skills and take on new roles. Some of the women and teenagers have also been taking courses organised at ACER in partnership with local quangos Senac and Sebrae in subjects such as garment making and repurposing and starting a small business.

 We are very grateful to a thoughtful and generous donor, a past volunteer at ACER, who made the mask-making enterprise possible.

Wearing a mask for sports at ACER
Wearing a mask for sports at ACER
Lucia tells the sports kids how the masks are made
Lucia tells the sports kids how the masks are made
Sports teacher and pupils with ACER made masks
Sports teacher and pupils with ACER made masks
More masks made by Eldorado Textiles at ACER
More masks made by Eldorado Textiles at ACER
Tie-dyeing t-shirts at a Sebrae class
Tie-dyeing t-shirts at a Sebrae class
 
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