The Jatobazinho School in the state of Mato do Grosso in Brazil, welcomes its first-year students, five girls and six boys.
The school offers formal education, and social and health care support to 60 young people who do not have access to basic public services.
“The new students are enjoying everything, especially the shared reading activities, which every day stimulate more and more their interest in reading. They work hard and are very supportive of their classmates,” stated Fabiana Francia, the teacher in charge of the first year.
In one of their first activities, the boys and girls have to choose a word which will act as a stimulus for their group, “Courage“, or “Happiness”, for example, and then a word related to an area for improvement, such as “Listen”.
The Acaia Pantanal Organization started as a subsidiary of the Acaia Institute in 2006, with the idea of creating an environmental conservation area around the Baía Vermelha lake in Corumbá. The Jatobazinho School began its activities in 2009 with 39 children and adolescents from the riverside communities, all experiencing learning difficulties.