What do I do to transform education?

What does it mean, practically, to transform education? How to implement small changes in public or private educational systems? We interviewed five educators from the most diverse areas – from a neuroscientist to a Secretary of Education – to know what they have been doing to transform education in their own realities. From an elementary question, they reveal that simple initiatives can make a big difference and that education with intention can change many students’ lives.

“At Cidade dos Meninos, we have transformed kids and teenagers’ education, combining social impact with technology, in order to reduce social inequalities in the Ribeirão das Neves (MG) region. In 2019, we will begin to create games, using the strategy of developing digital games, to work in subjects such as Portuguese and Mathematics with children from age 11 to 13”

Deise Lúcia da Silva, sociologist and general coordinator at Cidade dos Meninos São Vicente de Paulo

“When it comes to entrepreneurial culture, I am increasingly seeking to strengthen our project: in 2017, we implemented, as a law, entrepreneurial education in the curriculum with weekly classes. We have just seen the first fruit from the initiative, the first entrepreneurial culture fair in the city, with the participation of students from kindergarten to the fifth year of Elementary School. All schools are participating in the project. It is very nice to see the fruits of entrepreneurial culture, in which the student is the protagonist of his own education. They feel extremely useful and begin to see school with a different perspective”

Gabriela Kenya Ferreira, Secretary of Education in Bom Jesus do Amparo

“This is not a simple answer, for a simple answer demands a recipe, a formula. Each day, educators have a different challenge. What I try to do every day, after each work shift, is a balance of what was useful, what was enough to impact my students and what can be continued in my classes. Teaching History requires ability to make students sensitive to the historical realities that underlie our civilizational organization. So I also always try to bring distant historical realities closer to their contexts”

Eduardo de Araújo Luiz, History teacher at E.E. Paulo das Graças and at Colégio Clita Batista

“I’m passionate about education and I believe it changes the world and people. Every day I try to bring something different to my work so that teachers can fall in love with education too. I have sought to understand human beings as multifactorial and to serve them in their specificities, to bring some peace, tranquility and happiness to people who are involved with other human beings and thus have a positive impact on education. ”

Débora Guimarães, neuroscientist at IDG PNL Coach

“Technology is progressing, and students, every day, have the longing to have games and use the game language in the classroom. I’m trying to bring cyberculture into the school. This is already the language young people speak and teachers must learn to work with it. That helps encourage students to re-signify the school space and feel more like a part of it. ”

Geisiana Aparecida Gonzaga, coordinator of the Center for Advanced Technology and Informatics (Cetai) at Cidade dos Meninos

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