Camargo Corrêa Institute supports distance learning to children’s educators

Monday, October 29, 2012 - 12:54

The classes of the Distance Learning to Children's Educators program started in seven cities where Camargo Corrêa Institute develops the Ideal Childhood program: Apiaí, Itaoca and Jacareí, in São Paulo; Santana do Paraíso and Ijaci, in Minas Gerais; and Cabo de São Agostinho, in Pernambuco. The course started on October 17 and is attended by 100 educators. It will later grant post-graduate status. Classes will be 375 hours divided into 6 modules of 70 hours each.

In distance education, students learn at home and are continuously supported by specialist tutors. An online learning platform, with audiovisual materials produced by specialists, is made available for every attendant. Also, three face-to-face meetings will be held.

The modules approach topics such as development and learning in early childhood; the children's education curriculum; the multiple existing languages; pedagogic practices, and others. The training is given by Rede Marista de Solidaridade and by Pontíficia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR), and is also supported by NGO Criança Segura.

According to Francisco de Assis Azevedo, CEO of Camargo Corrêa Institute, the training of children's educators has been a constant demand of cities where the Institute holds the Ideal Childhood program. "To meet the demands of communities where we operate, we always seek to identity widely experienced partners. The partnership with Marista Group will certainly make a big difference not only to the 100 teachers involved in the course, but especially to the thousands of children studying in participant cities", he says.

According to Viviane Aparecida da Silva, press assistant at Rede Marista de Solidariedade, the course's special trait is the prompt articulation with the practice of participant educators, in response to the urgent need of developing high quality proposals for early childhood education. "Helping to improve children's education by training educators is part of a social project that respects children's rights", she says.