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

As many of you will know, this is one of our most successful programmes that has been running for many years and when we last did an evaluation with the children and their teachers, we found out how important it has been to them all. However, it is very important for us not to rest on our laurels so alongside the planning we are currently doing for the activities which will start up in July we are busy on other things.

This year we shall be introducing a new online monitoring system which will mean that the young people who deliver the story telling and puppet theatre sessions in the schools will be able to use their cellphones to report on each session they deliver in realtime. In  this way we hope to lighten the reporting burden for them and also produce high quality data to use in performance indicators. It will also help the project coordinator to track all of the work being done and to adjust delivery if necessary on a weekly basis.

We are very grateful for the donations that you give us and feel responsible to be able to show how effectively we are investing the money and this year we shall be taking a big step forward to achieving this.

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Graduating Reading Mediators
Graduating Reading Mediators

We have completed another annual cycle of our project improving the education of elementary school children from our community of Eldorado in Diadema and whilst what is very obvious and visible is the benefit received by all of the children watching the puppet theatre and having story telling sessions, the people who are less visible are the young people who actually deliver the project.

With the year coming to its end, it is time to say goodbye to an incedibly dedicated group of 8 teenagers both male and female who have dedicated themselves so much to the project and as you can see in the photo also formed a really tightknit group. Ryan, Higor, Janaina, Anna Julia, Jessica, Adenilson, Jennifer and Lucas are all young people who are ready to go out into the world and take further steps towards achieving their dreams. 

Through the project they have all had the exeprience of having a first job and receiving an enourmous amount of training. They have all exercised leadership, responsibiloity, time keeping, learnt how to present themselves in the work place (state schools). But one of the most important things for the community is that they have all become very important role models for the young children with whom they have worked over the year because they are young men and women from the same community who the children see at the supermarket and on the street and can mirror themselves in. We are immensely proud of this group and look forward to recruiting a new group to work on the project in 2019.

A future teacher?
A future teacher?
Rapt attention
Rapt attention
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Any space is a good place for puppet theatre!
Any space is a good place for puppet theatre!

Working in the social sphere in a disadvantaged community, we are aware of the significant impact we have on the lives of the children we work with but it is when we receive qualified visitors who work in education elsewhere that we can get a true measure of how well we are doing.

In September we received a state school teacher from the city of York in Northeastern England who spent a week on a job shadow, to understand the ways in which we work with children and young people and use this to inform the way she works with children at her school. Miriam teaches at a school for children aged between 11 and 15 many of whom come from challenged backgrounds and who also have different levels of academic achievement.

Here is what Miriam had to say “I really liked the idea and concept of the reading program. I really liked the fact that it was peer teaching mentoring and that it was driven by the older students. The project was great with the actual reading to and with students and then the idea of having a puppet play to work on the imagination of the younger students. I really feel that this concept can work at Vale of York and the local Primary schools. Having talked to the literacy coordinator at school she also liked the idea. We are thinking of setting it up within the leadership award scheme or the volunteering scheme within the Duke of Edinburgh award. Other ways would be to use y11mentors (15 year olds) to work with literacy week y7 (11-12year olds) students.”

We are daily inspired by the work that we do and it is uplifting that others are also being inspired by it to change the way they work as well.

Miriam (standing up)
Miriam (standing up)
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Warming up for reading mediation
Warming up for reading mediation

We have come to the end of the first semester for this school year in Brazilian schools and we would like to share our successes with all of our supporters.

Our team of 8 youth monitors have been working hard offering puppet theatre, story-telling and reading mediation sessions during the regular school day at 4 partner elementary schools in our neighbourhood. We were negatively affected by a teachers strike, system wide teachers training during term time and also schools closing during the World Cup! From this litany, you can imagine how important it is that we are working hard to improve the education that our children receive in Eldorado.

Notwithstanding the challenges, we successfully worked regularly with all 2935 children matriculated at the schools who, on average received almost 4 sessions each over this period. In addition, our young people took these activities into other areas of the community holding events twice a month to attract more new young readers.

Our young people are now using the school holidays to do training and also prepare new puppet theatre for the second semester.

Storytelling early in the morning
Storytelling early in the morning
A story book
A story book
Puppet theatre at Atila Elementary School
Puppet theatre at Atila Elementary School
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Janaina
Janaina

This year the greatest news is that for the first time ever, a teenager will be leading the project delivery and in this report you will find out more about Janaina who was 17 in January.

She tells us that becoming project leader has made her feel very realised as it is something she has wanted to do for a long time and the first task she had to do was to select 7 other teenagers for the project. "This was very challenging because I needed to find young people who are themselves good readers, work well as a group, are respnsible, flexible, punctual and who can relate well both to the children and to their colleagues."Selection was accomplished and the group received training in March and Janaina shares that her biggest challenge with the young people is "to show them that although I am the same age or even younger than some, I shoulder a lot more responsablity."

In April, the project has started up again in the schools and Janaina says that even though she is young, the school Principals "have received me very well and are extremely thankful that we are back with the project."

Finally, she says "My biggest achivement in life to date is to have turned from being a child client of the charity to now attend children at schools and to be responsible for other young people."

Training the young people
Training the young people
Reading with children
Reading with children
In the classroom
In the classroom
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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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