Mar 1, 2021

Goodbye Lucas, Welcome Stephanie

Lucas
Lucas

In this year of 2021, the Histories Transforming the Future Project needed to undergo some changes. Firstly because of the continuation of the pandemic, as activities were temporarily no longer taking place in schools and children moved to the ACER community space. But, in addition to all this, our team responsible for the project also has changed.
Lucas was, until the end of January, the project coordinator, but the young man received an excellent job offer to work in a large multinational company and he shares how this project impacted both his professional and social life: “I spent 3 years as a reading mediator and 01 year and 05 months as the person in charge of the project, but I ended up leaving ACER to go to work in a large multinational automobile company. The Stories Transforming the Future Project and ACER, in total, taught me a lot and I had several experiences with this project. I had more contact with children and young people, I certainly entered their world and was able to feel the pleasure and joy of being daily a child and being with them. There was also a very positive side, as I managed to become very responsible, talking to school coordinators and directors on a daily basis and always receiving positive feedback.”

With Lucas leaving, the project needed a new coordinator and so Stephanie was hired. She told us a little about her expectations and goals for this new stage in her life:

“I got to know the project in 2012, when I worked as a reading mediator and I can remember very well how nice it was to participate in this project. Working here at ACER, this experience confirmed and aroused my desire to work with children, I believe it was one of the reasons that made me study pedagogy. And so I decided to follow the path so that it has a continuity and does not lose that essence that it has since 2012. And my goal as responsible for this project, in my opinion, I hope to plant a little seed inside each child, so that he grows up with this delicious and wonderful taste that reading gives us. And for the reading mediators who are teenagers, I hope to help them develop for the job market, bringing a spirit of responsibility and self-confidence and that they start to think about a goal or go after a goal in their lives.”

And so we can see the importance of this project, not only for the children who participate in school activities but also for the young people who work, improving their professional and cultural knowledge and allowing them to think, build and transform a better future for themselves and for others..

Stephanie
Stephanie
Lucas in a school
Lucas in a school
Jan 28, 2021

Starting off the year positively

Passing Practice
Passing Practice

After a very complicated year in 2020, ACER Brasil's sporting activities resumed in this new year and among them Rugby, which is one of the biggest projects that we offer to the community.

Through Rugby, children can better develop their physical conditioning, discipline, vision of the game and also respect, since the game needs teamwork. In addition, young people have an occupation in their idle time preventing them from staying on the streets or places of danger. One of the young students, Nicolas, told us a little bit about how important classes are to him and what he expects from them this year:

"I have been doing Rugby at ACER for 2 years and I really like attending classes because I can do more exercise and I also think the sport is really cool. I think that practising Rugby is important, because it is good to learn more about this sport. I hope that in 2021 the classes will be better than last year. My expectations are that everything will return to normal as soon as possible".

Orlando sports teacher and coordinator also has good expectations for classes this year: "My expectation for this year is to bring new students to do Rugby and also to form a new class of students, starting from the age of 9".

Although the pandemic continues to ensure that safety standards have to be followed, the ACER team intends to ensure that this project continues to have a very positive impact on the lives of children and young people like Nicolas and also reach even more people in the community, which is our mission.

All care for hygiene of spaces and hands, temperature measurement and distancing are still observed at all times.

Ready Coach
Ready Coach
Doing Circuits
Doing Circuits
Dec 23, 2020

BACK TO ACTION DURING THE PANDEMIC

Telling a Story
Telling a Story

With the quarantine extension meaning schools have stayed closed, and the return of some face-to-face classes at our community centre, the Stories Transforming the Future Project also resumed activities in a different way. Before, young mediators went to schools to read and play with children in their own classroom, but now the children who go to ACER to participate in other activities,  now have the story telling and games sessions at our centre.

Lucas, the young man who leads the project, told how this period of activities is going:

“At the beginning, we had a lot of difficulty, due to the return of activities and protocols, but we talked and adjusted all the points and we already have a way to carry out the sessions. The biggest difficulty in the beginning was to follow all the protocols, but with day to day we adjust this, like when books are returned to the library,  we leave them 48 hours in a closed box, but we talk about all the difficulties of the project and we solve them in the best possible way.

It is certainly a new experience for them, before we went to them, now they come to meet us, and the environment here at ACER is different from the school ”.

One of the reading mediators, Kaylaine, also gave us her point of view:

“I confess that this year was not easy, having to get away from what I was used to doing, but when it returned, it was not difficult to adapt again and everything happened normally and in a positive way.

I don't really think that when we got back we had difficulties, what we have to talk about is the sanitary protocol, which we had to adapt as well.

I think the kids are enjoying it, we always try to do it in a way that they like and I wouldn't change anything ”.

The children who participate in this project visit ACER twice a week and are divided into two different time slots, wearing a mask and with all the spaces and materials sanitized, thus avoiding crowding and following all precautions and safety protocols.

In addition to the activities of the Stories Transforming the Future Project, ACER's community library has contributed to the development of reading, not only for children and young people, but for people of all ages since it contains books of various types and genres, even in Braille. One of these people is Tatiana, 41, who is used to borrowing books: “I take a book out at the ACER library weekly, I think this is very important. I like it there because of the diversity of titles and the practicality of the books being already separated and during the pandemic I request the number of books and subjects via WhatsApp. It would be really nice if they gave suggestions. I would like to take the children to enjoy the environment to get a taste for reading, outside the pandemic ”.

Reading
Reading
Playing a game
Playing a game
Books to lend
Books to lend
 
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