Quality Education for 5,200 Brazilian Children

by ASSOCIACAO DE APOIO A CRIANCA EM RISCO - ACER BRASIL
Quality Education for 5,200 Brazilian Children
Quality Education for 5,200 Brazilian Children
Quality Education for 5,200 Brazilian Children
Quality Education for 5,200 Brazilian Children
Quality Education for 5,200 Brazilian Children
Quality Education for 5,200 Brazilian Children
Quality Education for 5,200 Brazilian Children
Quality Education for 5,200 Brazilian Children
Quality Education for 5,200 Brazilian Children
Quality Education for 5,200 Brazilian Children
Quality Education for 5,200 Brazilian Children
Quality Education for 5,200 Brazilian Children
Quality Education for 5,200 Brazilian Children
Quality Education for 5,200 Brazilian Children
Quality Education for 5,200 Brazilian Children
Quality Education for 5,200 Brazilian Children
Mariana with Mother Aline
Mariana with Mother Aline

In times of corona virus as the schools are closed, we decided to take the opportunity to interview the parents of some of the shcool children who benefit from the project and share them with all of our supporters. Aline is the mother of Mariana who studies at a large elementary school in the neighbourhood and has this to say: "She tells me how great the stories are, that the reading mediators play with them and it is great fun. I believe that the reading programme contributes to the development of speech and the imagination and helps her with her emotions and to acquire knowledge. The project is not just reading, there is the interaction with the children and this develops affection; the games they play after the story are great and Mariana likes them a lot! Its lovely to see her bring them home, she likes to read to her sister at home. This is great! We love it! Thank you to everyone who is part of the project."

Two mothers from Annete Melchioretto elementary school were also very positive in their comments: Vilma, Lorena's mother tells us "she always talks about the activities and loves the young people, I think it is all great and we should not stop with the activities for children from the neighbourhood - ACER is a channel for social development." Lívia's mother Liziane shares "she always takes part and says how much she likes the reading; she has developed a lot and is more clever and her motor coordination has improved a lot, she is more responsible and it is helping her development."

It is very gratifying for us to hear from the parents how much our project is contributing to the children's development both in class and at home. As can be felt in Vilma's comment, the children are losing out on many things not being able to go to school at this time and, to help the parents and children, the young people are doing live story telling sessions three times a week on Instagram; we are looking forward to being back with the children in school as soon as possible.

Lorenna with mum Vilma
Lorenna with mum Vilma
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Graduation
Graduation

In 2019 we have shared some great narrative reports about the project and now we would like to share the results of the evaluations we did which show how important your contributions have been to change the lives of teenagers and children.

We had two target groups for this project: the teenagers who delivered it and the elementary school children who received the sessions at school delivered by the teenagers. For the 8 teenagers, we did a baseline and endline survey (using sets questions that have been validated by USAID for use in different cultures) to measure their development over the four and a half months of project and for the school children, we did an anonymous survey with 24 teachers, pedagogical coordinators and head teachers from the four partner schools.

The results for the teenagers are as follows:

On average, they improved their capacity to interpret texts and to write what they think, whilst they didn't improve their knowledge of African and Indigenous Culture. They improved their capacity for emotional control, being less impulsive and thinking more about the consequences of their actions and how they affect others. They now think about how their decisions will affect themselves in the future and have developed a better balanced decision making process. By the end, all of the teenagers had at least one peer with whom they could discuss their problems and on whom the could rely for support and help. They also should a strengthened attachment and integration with their own neighbourhood by the end of the project. They also had a strengthened sense of self and belief in their own capacity to deal with the things that come up in their own lives, solving things on their own.

The results of the evaluation about the elementary school done with staff are as follows:

100% of respondents believe that the project delivered by ACER is positive, that it contributes to the improvement of the children's achievement in class and that the children use their imagination more, in addition they stated that the activities are aligned and help the school to deliver the curriculum; over 90% noted an increased interest in reading amongst the children as well as improved classroom behaviour. All the activities were classified by at least 79% of respondents as being great or good and their view of the teenagers delivering the project is that 100% of the time the were totally or frequently attentive, polite, dedicated, affectionate and interested in what they were doing; when asked about how the children saw the teenagers, they attributed 9.6/10 as to the admiration demonstrated, 95% said that the children respected them as much as the teachers and all stated that the children bonded with them. Finally, whilst 58% of respondents felt that having sessions once a fortnight was good, 42% thought that the sessions should be weekly.

We look forward to having your continued support for our project this year of 2020 and please spread the word amongst your friends so that we can bring ever more impact.

In school
In school
The joy of reading
The joy of reading
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Tamr teaching
Tamr teaching

It is extremely gratifying for us to be able to share interviews with a teacher and a head teacher where we can clearly see how our Project delivered by community teenagers is helping local elementary school teachers develop their capacity to better reach the children they teach.

Tamr, a teacher from the Annete Melchioretto elementary school gives us his view on the project and how it helps the children “the most important aspect of the project is the reading which is done at different times and by different teenagers and also using different ways such as through storytelling and puppet theatre or even using objects to help develop the children’s imagination. They like the storytelling and the activities which are done and hold the children’s attention; it surprises me because it is often extremely difficult for me to keep the children’s attention and through the project you manage to make them pay attention from beginning to end of the activity. I am learning a lot from this and am applying it in my own classes in order to have better control of the children; they are always asking when ACER will be back and are anxious for you to return with new activities.

Patricia is the head of Atila Ferreira Vaz elementary school and tells us that “many of our children only have contact with books, storytelling and puppet theatre at school so this project serves to incentivize the children and the more we incentivize this practice and the diversity of stories, the more they develop their writing, reading, telling and learning stories. We have a timetable established with ACER so the children know which day you will come and they create expectations about which activity and subjects will be done; these activities help develop literacy as the children really engage with them and this is very positive for their learning processes. It is extremely gratifying to see how well prepared the ACER teenagers are and how they have a special care for the students; our teachers and staff end up learning from them because the teens easily adapt to each different classroom with a kind activity for the different kinds of students we have.”

Thank you to all our supporters who continue to support this incredibly valuable work.

Head Teacher Patricia
Head Teacher Patricia
Tamr's class
Tamr's class
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Leading a session
Leading a session

At the beginning of August, after two weeks of training, the young people started delivering the project in our four partner schools and we already have some amazing numbers to report: last month they delivered 148 sessions to 1,948 children of whom 985 were girls and 963 were boys, almost all of whom received one Reading Mediation session and one Story-telling session.

As Marinisa, the general manager, says "The online monitoring system is very easy to use and gives us precise data covering the number of children attended in each school, their gender and which class and school  they are from. The schools have been very receptive from the moment we tell them that we are back with the project and we have been receiving requests from far away schools that have never had the project, to go and work with them." 

At the centre of the project are the young people who deliver the sessions to the children and 16 year old Juliana wanted to share this with us all: "I feel that my communication has improved a lot and also how I speak to people because I have never worked with children before. So I think I have greatly improved with this and being able to communicate with them gives me a really good feeling; I am very proud of my development. There was an activity using our books and a boy started talking to us and gave me a drawing of Sponge Bob and I kept it and it's now at home. When we arrive at the schools, the children are really enthusiastic and it is evident when we go into a classroom and the children all shout - 'look its the people from ACER'. This is really cool because although most know the project and know that we will be going, and the activities are the same, it is our interaction and dynamism which gives more life to the story that is being told... and gives them the opportunity to be a part of it, so I think it is a really positive experience for them and they are very happy with this." 

This has been a very encouraging start and we look forward to being able to report more later in the school year.

Lucas planning session with youth
Lucas planning session with youth
Children reading
Children reading
Warming up the class
Warming up the class
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Lucas
Lucas

We have just hired Lucas to lead the project in the schools this year. He feels very passionately about the project because in the past he was one of the teenage reading mediators. In addition to helping train this year's new high school recruits, he will be in the day to day coordination of the young people and coordinating all the activities with the schools. We interviewed him so that you could all get a taste of who he is and what motivates him.

"I believe in this project because it is very gratifying to go into the schools and receive the children's love. This project has an immense power in the lives of the children and also for the teenagers who participate. Not all children have contact with books and criativity in their homes as they do with the project; incentivising reading stimulates their creativity and we see the change in the children at the end of each cycle (year). My chief expectation is that this great project will make a big change in the lives of the children and young people. I can testiify that massively changed my way of thinking and living helping me to recognize abilities that I didn't even know that I had in addition to raising my self-esteem delivering such and incredible project."

We thank all of you our supporters who believe in this project as Lucas does. Please be aware of the GlobalGiving Bonus Day on 18th July and consider making an extra donation.

Lucas as a reading mediator
Lucas as a reading mediator
Doing what he loves
Doing what he loves
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ASSOCIACAO DE APOIO A CRIANCA EM RISCO - ACER BRASIL

Location: DIADEMA, SP - Brazil
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Jonathan Hannay
DIADEMA, SP Brazil
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