FAEP offers a hybrid elementary education for low-income students

A reduction of almost 100% between 2012 and 2020: this is the percentage corresponding to the gross reduction of the federal budget for the education of youth and adults (EJA), the primary education modality intended for all those who have not yet had access to and/or have not completed primary school. According to data published in the Journal Le Monde Diplomatique Brasil, in 2012, the federal government invested almost 1.8 billion reais in this teaching program.

However, after 2016, the investment was reduced to 8 million in 2020, which corresponds to a decrease of 99.56%. It’s a bleak scenario, in a country that still has around 11 million illiterates, according to IBGE data.

For Vânio Aparecida da Costa, academic director of FAEP, such data is a reflection of how this sector is one of those most influenced and despised by the government. “There are no long-term proposals for the EJA program. He is not mentioned in any government plan. There is also no research on the number of people who have access to this type of education,” says the director.

She even defends the implementation of the policy of students staying in the program, considering that the harsh reality of many, who work precarious jobs for long hours a day to support their families, makes it impossible to continue their studies. “In this context, therefore, in addition to investing in infrastructure and building more schools near these students, it is necessary to think about how to keep them in this teaching cycle,” he says.

Vânia also emphasizes that the various government proposals for secondary education do not address the most vulnerable students who need to study and work at the same time, which contributes to the increase in school dropouts. “By increasing the number of regular secondary schools, for example, the situation worsens even more, because they will have to stay in school longer.

With all this in mind, FAEP, located in the Parada de Taipas district, in the northwestern region of São Paulo, in partnership with Educa Nexus Teaching Center and Centro de Integração de Cidadania Oeste (CIC Oeste) launched in 2021 a project Broken Updated, which is based on the EJA program. According to Vânija, the proposal aims to offer 100 places for access to basic education, in a hybrid format, for young people with low incomes and adults located in the surrounding community and nearby, who have not completed their studies regularly, through social and constructive educational methodologies .

“We want these students to finish their studies. Therefore, we offer the option of a hybrid modality, so that students can organize themselves in relation to their studies, according to their reality”, explains the director. In this context, in addition to accompanying books, the institution offers face-to-face classes at the college with simultaneous live streaming, so that students can choose to attend classes within the FAEP premises or connect remotely from another location. Classes are still recorded on the institution’s platform, so students who could not follow in real time or want to review some content can access it at any time. “All students receive learning material, the content of which is reviewed in class,” adds the director.

The first edition of the project has already been completed and many high school graduates have reported a positive experience. “We received a lot of compliments from the students. They told us that thanks to the recorded classes, they were able to finish their studies, because due to their non-stop work it was impossible to follow the classes live. There were even cases of students in which it was necessary to reschedule the colloquiums, so that the bosses would not fire them because they did not allow absences from work, even to take the final test of the classes,” says Vânia. Now the project has just started its second edition with 100 filled jobs. “We had a great demand, there were 400 applications. Many are already asking us about the next edition”. The selection of candidates is based on the socioeconomic analysis of the candidates, with the reservation of vacancies for trans persons, women victims of domestic violence and foreigners.

Upon completion of the project, FAEP encourages all students to enroll in undergraduate studies and thus get better employment opportunities. “We will bring people out of vulnerability only through education and employment. They have to learn to get what they need. That is our goal with the project”, concludes the director.

Edilaine Daniel Carvalho, professor of pedagogy at FAEP and former director of CIC Oeste, one of the people helping to develop Broken Updated, is an example of how education is the key to professional advancement. Starting to work at the age of 7, cleaning graves at the Perus cemetery in São Paulo, to help support her family, which consisted of her parents and six other siblings, who lived in a wooden hut, the teacher saw her life changes when she should have turned 15. Then she got an invitation to work as a telemarketing operator for LBV, from a man who was interested in her life story and the fact that she studied and was strictly in charge of her mother.

At the age of 18, when she was about to start university studies in social sciences, Edilaine was invited by the teacher who taught her in the 3rd grade of primary school, and who was the principal of the school at the time, to teach History and Geography. Years later, she became a volunteer teacher at the former FEBEM in Franco da Rocha. Today, the educator has a number of social projects whose goal is to offer education and formal employment to young people and adults with low incomes or the unemployed, women victims of domestic violence, trans people and many others who face difficulties in completing their studies and obtaining better opportunities for education and work.

Emotional, she told her life story on the 1st day of school of the 2nd edition of the project Updated Brokentouching the students, to highlight how education and formal employment changed their lives forever.

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