The Ayrton Senna Institute and the Banco do Brasil Foundation have announced a partnership focused on the full literacy of thousands of Brazilian children. In this way, in addition to ensuring that students are able to read, write and count properly, the projects will also seek to develop skills such as collaboration, curiosity and self-confidence, known as socioemotional and with a great influence on the success of these students. The agreement is expected to benefit cities in more than 10 states, from four Brazilian regions, by training about two thousand educators working on municipal public networks that could impact nearly 300,000 children.
To fulfill the goal of full literacy, the Ayrton Senna Institute, with the support of the Banco do Brasil Foundation, will bring to the education secretaries several of its educational projects. In addition to contributing to the increase of school proficiency through its own methodologies, the programs will also seek to reduce two other important national challenges: difficulties in the management of public literacy policies by the secretariats of education and the high rate of age-grade distortion (students with more than two years of school delay).
According to data from the National Literacy Assessment (ANA), 55% of Brazilian children at the end of the third year of elementary school, aged eight or more, can not read or count properly. The main cause of the maintenance of this sad reality lies in the inefficacy of literacy processes. “It is worrying to see that, in the middle of the 21st century, we have not yet been able to fully literate our children, which should be basic. This matter is urgent, “says the president of the Ayrton Senna Institute.
In the last survey conducted by the Ayrton Senna Institute in 2017, 77% of the students participating in the organization’s educational projects recovered the school deficit; 79% of non-literate students finished the year adequately literate; while 80% of children with reading and writing difficulties finished the year with adequate learning.
For the president of the Banco do Brasil Foundation, Asclepius Soares, the agreement reinforces the purpose of valuing people’s lives through education. “It is an honor to have this partnership, because we know that social investment in education makes a difference in the lives of these children and young people, transforming realities,” he says.