This Friday morning (Sep 23), the City Hall delivered two more Schools of Tomorrow to poor communities in Rio – the Olympic Medalist Maurício Luiz de Souza Child Development Center in Az de Ouro, Anchieta, in the North Zone, and the Olympic Medalist Sérgio Dutra Santos Child Development Center in Batan, Realengo, in the West Zone. The two teaching units will serve 300 children each, from kindergarten to pre-school, on a full-time basis. The centers’ names pay tribute to two athletes of the Brazilian volleyball team, which won the gold medal in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Built for the Schools of Tomorrow Factory, the Child Development Centers (EDIs in Portuguese) teach children from 6 months to 5 years and 11 months. These new education units have activity rooms, nurseries, libraries, a playground, a solarium, and a cafeteria. This new model of education for early childhood provides learning and development in spaces specially conceived for children, with appropriate materials and books, as well as educators specialized in children’s education.
A resident of Az de Ouro since she was born, 34 years ago, nursing assistant Rosália de Souza celebrated the enrollment of her daughter, 4-year-old Geovana, in the Olympic Medalist Maurício Luiz de Souza Child Development Center. Geovana quickly headed for the playground to play. With a big smile on her face, she called her mom several times and shouted, “Mom, I love my new school!”.
“My daughter was attending a private school, but with this EDI near my house I just had to find her a place .The teachers are great, and many are from the local community. This makes parents more confident and puts them at ease,” Rosália said.
In the community of Batan, housewife Rosemeri Souza, 40, was also confident about the Olympic Medalist Sérgio Dutra Santos Child Development Center, where her son, 3-year-old Welinton, will study for the first time. “I have no doubt that this school will help my child develop and have a nice future. With him here, I can go after a job.”
Besides these two EDIs, another 15 teaching units – 13 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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