A leap into the dark.
This was how one of Brazil's largest newspapers, O Estado de São Paulo, reacted to the result of the recent presidential elections. This sense of foreboding uncertainty has come to grip many in Brazil, the fear that the country has embarked upon a potentially perilous journey into the unknown.
This is not the space to dissect the ins and outs of the election campaign. EduMais tries, as far as possible, to remain neutral in these processes. Yet we feel it necessary to paint a picture of the potential effects of these results upon our work, as well as the country as a whole. Although we are not quite sure what lays ahead – nobody is, in truth – there is nevertheless plenty of reason for concern.
We’re back with an update about Anna’s heroic Ironman 70.3. On Sunday the 30th of September, she did it! She came 45th in the female 30-34 category, in just over 7 hours. The 1.9km ocean swim took her 43 minutes; the 90km bike ride in the wind and mountains, 3 hours and 27 minutes; and the 21km run (in the 33 degrees heat of a sweltering midday sun), 2 hours and 40 minutes. It was brutal, it was harsh, it challenged her, but Anna never gave up. It showed Anna’s character: no matter how hard it gets, she gets it done. She raised €1660,00. What a fantastic achievement!
At EduMais, we teach a broad curriculum of English, Sport, Web Design, Art and Entrepreneurship. But for a child to thrive, these subjects are of limited value without the bedrock of social and emotional skills crucial to navigating everyday life. We aim to cultivate the whole child, by keeping a clear focus on integrating social and emotional learning into our academic curriculum.
And this couldn’t come at a more important time. Now more than ever, the favela community of Pavão–Pavãozinho–Cantagalo needs to ensure that the next generation are equipped with the resilience, empathy and self-esteem to be able to face the harsh realities of an ever more violent and unequal Rio de Janeiro. We are certain that social and emotional nurture will be the key to a bright future for the children that we work with.