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City Hall Unveils Children’s Education Center in Guaratiba and Pays Tribute to Paralympic Champion

23/09/2016, 12:19

Photo: Ricardo Cassiano
Photo: Ricardo Cassiano
Photo: Ricardo Cassiano
Photo: Ricardo Cassiano
Photo: Ricardo Cassiano
Photo: Ricardo Cassiano

Guaratiba residents received on Thursday (Sep 22) two new schools built by the program Fábrica de Escolas do Amanhã Governador Leonel Brizola. The Padre Carlos Henrique de Souza Child Development Center (EDI in Portuguese) and the Ricardo Costa de Oliveira Child Development Center – named after the Paralympic athlete who won a gold medal in the long jump at the Rio 2016 Games – will serve 300 students each, benefiting 600 children in the region.

Built at Rua Silvania, these new EDIs will receive children from kindergarten to pre-school, from six months up to 5 years and 11 months old. The units are part of the Schools of Tomorrow program, responsible for implementing a comprehensive education in the municipal network following a seven-hour schedule. “These are quality centers where children have the opportunity to build a better future,” said Mayor Eduardo Paes.

The two units have activity rooms, nurseries, lactation rooms, cafeterias, libraries with books appropriate for each age group, administrative area, a solarium and a playground. The buildings, both with 3 floors, are fully accessible, with elevators, toilets for disabled people, tactile flooring and information in Braille on the doors and handrails.

The projects were based on constructive principles of modularity, rationality, prefabrication, safety, sustainability, ergonomics, economics, thermal comfort, acoustics and energy efficiency, all with the use of sustainable materials. All rooms received acoustic environments treatment with the use of acoustic liners, sealing panels and special casing.

For housewife Luciene Souza de Oliveira, 33, having her daughter Evelyn, 2, study full time at the Paralympic Medalist Ricardo Costa de Oliveira Child Development Center (EDI) will be the first step toward helping her with depression: “I was always very active, but when Evelyn was born I had to quit my job and ended up becoming depressed. Today, I get psychological treatment in the Family Clinic, but going back to work is what will heal me. I cannot afford to pay someone to look after her, so a full-time school will be great.”

This EDI is the first homage paid by the City Hall to Brazilian Paralympic athletes who won medals at the Rio 2016 Games. Born in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul, Ricardo Costa de Oliveira, champion in the long jump in the T11 category, became blind due to Stargardt disease, a form of macular degeneration in young children that causes progressive loss of vision.

Another 13 teaching units with Olympian names have already been delivered to the population of the West Zone, according to the Decree No. 42 077 of August 3. It provides that all new educational units and Family Clinics delivered to the population of Rio in 2016 must be named after Brazilian Olympic and Paralympic medalists in the Rio Games.