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.