Ideal Childhood

Camargo Corrêa Institute invests in training teachers in seven cities of Brazil

Thursday, July 04, 2013 - 17:34
ICC implements projects in education, advocacy of rights, and care of children since 2007 ICC implements projects in education, advocacy of rights, and care of children since 2007

Camargo Corrêa Institute, in partnership with the Marista Solidarity Network, offers a graduate course aimed at training professionals working at daycare centers and kindergartens.

Held in cities where companies Camargo Corrêa Group have operations, the project is part of the Ideal Childhood program and now has 100 students enrolled in seven Brazilian cities: Ipojuca and Cabo de Santo Agostinho (in Pernambuco state), Apiaí, Itaoca and Jacareí (in São Paulo state), and Ijaci and Santana do Paraíso (Minas Gerais state).

Classes are conducted by the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná, which is part of Marista Network. Participants study through an online platform and sit their examinations at designated centers. The two first classes started in October 2012. The training will last for 18 months.

"In all cities where we operate, the training of teachers of daycare centers and kindergartens is seen as a priority", said Ariane Duarte, project analyst at the ICC. "Marista Network is a partner with expertise in this area, so this is a gain for us all", she says.

Vanderlúcia da Silva, Coordinator of Projects, Articulation and Partnerships of Marista Solidarity Network, uses numbers to justify the importance of the project. "We really need to improve qualification. In daycare centers and kindergartens, about 43% of teachers have no college degree", she says. "Hence the importance of actions like this, in partnership with Camargo Corrêa Institute", she concludes.