This month we had the opportunity to host for the first time in over a year a learning journey with children from impoverished communities in our campus!
Because of the pandemic, we hadn't been bringing people to SINAL. However, with the advances of the vaccination we were able to host the children from The Rocinha Creative English Programme to come and participate in many activities. The goal was to transmit a sense of care for the environment and show them the importance of sustainability.
This group was particularly curious and full of energy, so it was great to kickstart our learning journeys again!
While on the journey, they had the chance to practice their English with SINAL’s team, which consists of people from different countries. Among the activities we put together, we learned about the different types of soil and how to improve them for planting and reforestation, and how to treat different animals, by putting ourselves in their place.
We are so grateful to our donors for supporting us even through this unusual year. We are looking forward to creating more of these opportunities for children of marginalized communities with your help!
We continue to have caution with visits during pandemic. Most of our volunteering planting sessions have evolved into a program called Bosques da Memoria, a network of reforestation areas that organize tree planting sessions in honor of family members and friends victims of COVID.
We have been humbled and honored to create that space for family members, receiving people of all ages. In the case of the little ones, they enjoy learning something new next to their families, being able to be an active part of the ceremony, and playing with SINAL's friendly pet Calu!
We will continue to hold these events as an opportunity for people to honor their loved ones and get away from the city, and as vaccination progresses will open up more events specifically for children!
A big thank you to our donors who have helped us keep going in these difficult times.
As health measures from the pandemic evolve, we have been slowly recieving a few volunteers to plant trees in one of our reforestation areas. We have been particularly careful to invite family members, especially if they have children, so they can have an opportunity to be outdoors, learn about their environment, and get their hands in the ground.
We teach them about soil health with a little experiment comparing different samples, and explain the interdependence between the soil, the plants, and the animals, and how that keeps the sky clean and healthy too!
Both in the neighboring areas of SINAL, as well as in Rio, most families live in apartment complexes and other types of infrastructure without gardens for the families to safely spend some time outside. We have been very happy to provide a safe space for families to get back in touch with the environment!
Last report, we told you the story of the American School of Rio de Janeiro's project to teach children online about sustainability based on the day-to-day life at Sinal do Vale. The project was such a success, that Sinal do Vale has been working on the creation of its own online platform -this time in portuguese- to support teachers of the third grade in public schools of the area.
With 7 knowledge stations with a video clip, a quiz and activities, the platform is designed for children to explore SINAL online, and carry out experiments at home with materials they can easily find. The launch will roll out the next school year, beginning in March 2021. For now, almost 500 schools in the Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Petrópolis areas are included in the launch plan!
A big thank you to all our donors who have supported us particularly during this hard time - your generous donations have helped us adapt and offer relevant solutions to keep up our work as environmental educators!
This year has been quite different for all of us. As the pandemic has unfolded, we all have had to look for new ways of sharing, learning, working and relaxing. Our environmental education program has not been the exception, since SINAL has had to close its doors and greatly reduce the flow of people visiting.
We turned to the online world to stay active! earlier this year, we embarked on a pilot project with teachers from the American School of Rio de Janeiro to create a platform sharing videos, live chats and DIY activities centered around sustainability and the farm life at SINAL. Luckily, these were so popular that we are happy to announce we are taking it to the next level!
SINAL will begin producing informative capsules about agroecology, bioconstruction, reforestation, recycled art and other topics taking advantage of the many prototypes running in campus, as well as the diversity of people we have around! with stories from all our coordinators coming from different parts of Brazil and the world, we are excited to show how we knit a tight community that sources well-being and innovation through diversity and a harmonic relationship with nature. These will be part of the curriculum of local schools!
A big thank you to our donors for helping us keep our education program going, especially during these hard times. Stay tuned to see our progress, we will begin shooting in the coming months!
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