When a diva storms off stage or out of a TV interview, we love them for it, we’re even disappointed if they don’t. When a child walks out of a classroom because they don’t get their own way, it’s not acceptable, after all, we don’t want a generation of divas – one Mariah Carey is plenty.
Yet why do some children behave in this way and how do we at Edumais deal with it?
My name is Dominic - I am 26 years old and have been volunteering with EduMais since January till 22 June 2017. For the past four years, I have been living in Paris, working as an English teacher and studying a Master’s in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at Sciences Po. After gaining some work experience in the NGO sector in Paris, I wanted to see how these organisations functioned on the ground and found that EduMais allowed me to do this as well as utilising my skills as an English teacher.
My typical day begins shortly before 8:30am when I leave my apartment in Cantagalo and make the short walk to our classroom in the library of Solar Meninos de Luz. Depending on my energy levels, I will either decide to walk from the bottom of rua Saint Roman for a gentle way up into the community, or if I’m feeling more brave I will wait until the stairs by the exit of General Osorio station. While it’s more exhausting, it is also very picturesque with stunning murals painted all the way up. At the top of the stairs, I cross the road and already people will be saying “bom dia” and asking how I am as I walk in.
“There is this Dutch lady working in the favelas here in Rio! I think her project would fit you so well!”
How it all started, a simple tip. It got stuck in my head and I reached out to Diana. During the Skype interview I felt it in my stomach, this is the internship for me.
Never could I have known how great this experience would be and how much I would feel at home. After 6 months in Rio I switched from studying to working. Going from the richest part to the poorest.
For the second consecutive event, Ipanema Globe is supporting EduMais which provides valuable life and academic skills to underprivileged children in comunidades in Rio. Diana manages the local operation with consistent dedication.
On Wednesday 19 April 2017 talented people line-up....waiting to make you laugh at Manifesto BCA in Leme, Copacabana (for further details: please check out the Facebook Event page).
A pleasant Wednesday afternoon. Nine students from the surrounding communities hop on a van to enjoy a much anticipated excursion to the Museum of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro. Complements of the Rio International Club to allow our students to be on the van for the first time in their lives. And Peter Taborr- our guide.
Students were whisked around the galleries, presented with grandiose still lifes, Greek and Roman sculptures, and various modern art oddities peppered around the collection.
We explored. We played. We questioned.
Students particularly enjoyed the giant sphere that allowed you to interact and push it around some unseen axis. Any chance to touch or play with an object is a sure winner. There are many ways to interact with the fine arts and even if we weren't allowed to touch, the artwork certainly spoke to us in a myriad of ways, through a piercing portrait's stare or a roaring, larger than life battle scene. We were transfixed. In all, the students were exposed to and open to a number of possibilities for creation. We returned from our afternoon of art inspired and already asking about the next trip!
written by Marianne Mann, volunteer at EduMais
Four months in Rio de Janeiro are coming to an end. I came here in September with the aspiration to support Rio’s underprivileged children and to enjoy the cidade maravilhosa again. After being here in 2014 for four months also, I felt the need to come back, to spent some more time here and to explore the city more in depth. Even though I actually planned to start a “serious work life” in Vienna, everything pointed towards Rio. So, I gave in and followed my intuition, in spite of critical, rational voices; a decision I have not regretted one single moment.
Article originally published on United Nations Human Rights
GENEVA (9 December 2016) – Government plans to freeze social spending in Brazil for 20 years are entirely incompatible with the country’s human rights obligations, according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston.
The principal and unavoidable effect of a proposed amendment to the Constitution designed to ‘lock in’ a budget freeze in order to show fiscal prudence will be to harm the poor for decades to come, the expert warned. The amendment, due to be voted on by Brazil’s Senate on 13 December, is known as PEC 55 or the New Fiscal Regime.
written by Marianne Mann, volunteer at EduMais
“A website can be useful for everyone who wants to show something to the world – an athlete, an artist, a business, a photographer” - The kids of our global Web Design class understand the significance of Web Design.
In cooperation with Level Up Village, EduMais has introduced a new, exciting class: The Global Web Design Class. The class is an exchange program between EduMais and The Rumson Country Day School in New Jersey, United States. It gives eight children from EduMais and 13 children from our American partner school, aged between 10 and 12 years, the opportunity to exchange video letters and create a joint website about renewable energy. These video letters are a great way for the children, living in completely different settings, to get to know each other, learn about the peers’ country and become connected.
By using the Do-It-Yourself Website builder Weebly, kids are jointly creating high-quality websites about the topic of the class, renewable energy. They learn about this crucial topic while getting familiar with Web Design at the same time. Browsing the web for pictures showing solar panels or wind turbines and exploring how to add them to their website is super exciting for the kids. Through the video messages kids can exchange ideas for the websites and tell each other what is most interesting and fun for them. “I will upload videos and games, so that people can learn and have fun at the same time” says Geovana, EduMais student, in the video message to her peer student Hugh. In order to learn about what’s behind it, the kids learn to code in a playful way, by using the platform Code.org®. On this site, kids program scenes from Star Wars by typing in instructions for the characters, i.e. by coding!
We stimulate independent learning and critical thinking by using a Socratic way of learning. This teaching tactic focuses on asking questions and motivating children to find answers independently, instead of providing answers. Therefore, Socratic learning “forces the class to think in a disciplined, intellectually responsible manner”. In our Web Design Class, our teachers Felipe and Diana, integrate Socratic learning by brainstorming with the children, collecting children’s already existing knowledge and just then explain further facts. This way children are motivated to actively think about the current topic. And children research renewable energy in the internet and answer questions about their home countries for the video messages, which also fosters a probing mind.
Another important aspect of the class is the cooperation with the American partner class. Level Up Village’s mission is to “globalize the classroom and facilitate seamless collaboration between students from around the world”. Exchanging video messages and learning about the U.S. opens up a completely new world for our kids. Hearing and seeing American kids directly talking to them about their life and culture in the U.S. is an exciting experience that the kids have never had before. It widens their horizons, makes the kids more familiar with the U.S. and with the English language and creates an international mindset. “If you came to Brazil I would show you Christ, the redeemer” says Taynara, EduMais student, while her peer student Conley from New Jersey would be excited about taking her to Disneyland in Florida.
In addition, the class teaches kids 21st century skills, which are crucial for this Z-GENERATION; other names for them are screenagers or digital natives. The topic Web Design is in line with Level Up Village’s focus on development of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) skills. As Web Design has become increasingly important, improving children’s computer literacy opens up vast opportunities for them, whether it is becoming an entrepreneur and creating an own online business or working in Web Design for a company.
Thank you to all involved people to help us develop children’s skills in global collaboration and communication across national, social and economic divides!
 Paul, R. and Elder, L. (April 1997). Foundation For Critical Thinking,Online at website: www.criticalthinking.org
 Level Up Village 2016. Online at website: www.levelupvillage.com
written by Marianne Mann, volunteer at EduMais
Janelle is shouting and ripping papers in order to retaliate since she feels neglected and treated unfairly. Kim reacts by staying calm, showing that she understands her feelings and encouraging her.
In this experiential workshop in Positive Discipline (PD), EduMais´ volunteer teachers Janelle and Kim from the United States internalized this methodology by engaging in roleplays. As Positive Discipline constitutes the core of EduMais’ actions Diana explained the principles and how to implement them in class. Teachers discussed common challenges, behaviors and their reactions to them. The roleplays gave the teachers the opportunity to implement the theories and to learn how to deal with children’s feelings in a more constructive way. “As a teacher I want to facilitate the most learning possible and I also want to be mindful of the students’ social and emotional well-being” says Kim.