Social Mobilization

InterCement and the Camargo Corrêa Institute in defense of early childhood rights

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 18:55
17 Brazilian municipalities participate in the activities geared toward pregnant women, parents, children and health and education professionals. 17 Brazilian municipalities participate in the activities geared toward pregnant women, parents, children and health and education professionals.

"Many of these projects were the result of opportunities and challenges we found during this week of mobilization. In Apiaí and Itaóca (SP), Brumado (BA), São Miguel dos Campos (AL), Bodoquena (MS) and Nova Santa Rita (RS) Baby Week has already become public policy and put on the agenda. We expect that the same thing will happen in all of the towns," remarked Jair Resende, superintendent of the Camargo Corrêa Institute.

This year there will be activities in public and private venues for pregnant women, parents, children and adolescents as well as seminars and presentation for health, education and social welfare professionals (check the agenda of each city at the end of the text).

"Early childhood should always be at the heart of community and government actions and attention," remarked Francisco Azevedo, executive director of the Camargo Corrêa Institute (ICC). The municipalities already take part in the Ideal Infancy Program which is also an ICC initiative to complement and strengthen actions developed by the government authorities and community organizations in relation to infants and small children in locations where the group companies have factories.

As a partner operator in this Project since 2013, BemVindo (Support Group for Pregnant Women and Adolescents) conducts administrative and financial management of the week, traveling to the locations since last year. The balance sheet of these visits is a survey of the main needs of each town and a consolidation of the ideas that could become reality. The event conducted by InterCement, with the support of ICC relies on the support from the Fundação Maria Cecília Souto Vidigal and the pamphlet "Todos Juntos pela Primeira Infância" (All Together for Early Childhood).

The Camargo Corrêa Institute helped prepare the action plan to mobilize and make the organizations and government authorities in each municipality aware. The initiative is inspired by the Baby Week held in Canela (RS) since 2000. Nearly 200 municipalities throughout Brazil have held the event which does not follow any fixed calendar dates.