This Tuesday morning, the City of Rio delivered to the West Zone population two more Schools of Tomorrow, which will benefit 720 students that will study on a full-time basis. The two new educational units bear the names of two Brazilian athletes from the men’s volleyball team, which won the gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
“With the Schools of Tomorrow program, students will have more Portuguese, Math and Science classes. In addition, a full-time schedule allows moms to work or dedicate this time to everyday tasks,” said Mayor Eduardo Paes.
The Olympic Medalist Douglas Correia de Souza Municipal School will serve 420 students from 7th to 9th grade. Meanwhile, the Olympic Medalist Wallace Leandro de Souza Child Development Center (EDI) has capacity to receive 300 children from daycare to preschool aged between 6 months and 5 years and 11 months.
“We believe that with more class hours and different activities, students will certainly attend a high-quality school. If they attend classes regularly, they will excel,” said Helena Holperin, Subsecretary of Municipal Education.
Located at Rua Otto Maria Carpeaux, the Olympic Medalist Douglas Correia de Souza Municipal School has a reading room equipped with computers, a presentation room, a science lab, a roofed sports court, a cafeteria and air-conditioned classrooms. The accessibility of the school is also guaranteed; as it has an elevator, tactile flooring as well as information in Braille on ramp handrails, room doors and toilets.
The Olympic Medalist Wallace Leandro de Souza Child Development Center – located in the Jardim Terra Firme community at Rua José Otávio Correa Lima – has an activity room, nurseries, a multipurpose room, a library, a cafeteria, accessible toilets, a lactation room and a playground. The center was created to provide a space for appropriate learning and development, with materials and books suitable for each age group and specialized educators, with one of them being a childhood teacher.
Housewife Cíntia Paulino, 34, lives in the same street as the EDI and expects to get a job while her one-year-old daughter Maria Isabel is in school.
“My daughter is very little, and I was insecure about leaving her at some random nursery. But when I visited this daycare, I immediately came here to see how I could enroll her. With her in school all day, I can look for a job.”
Besides these two Schools of Tomorrow, another 17 teaching units – 15 named after Olympians and 2 named after Paralympic athletes – have been delivered to the population. The idea behind these tributes to Brazilian Olympic and Paralympic athletes in the Rio 2016 Games is to acknowledge their effort and drive to overcome obstacles, while also encouraging new generations.
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