The following interview was given to the Programa Inclusão (Inclusion Show), a show produced by the Senate TV and aired all over Brazil. Like the preceding ones, this interview is part of our TV Clipping and tackles the interplay of our two main programs: Learning From Brazilian Culture, and Brazil and Abroad. This one, however, also counts with statements from students and other instructors, as it approaches our interdisciplinary take over our program’s classes and mission. Feel free to comment and share this post with socially engaged counterparts. I’ll be happy to hear your thoughts about our programs and ways we have been working.
It’s been almost 40 days, two chicken-pocks, and tree trips since I last wrote. Sorry for such a long absence, but these days were quite hectic. I’ll make it up in the following weeks catching up with all these events and visits in chronological order. Whenever possible I’ll also upload videos and slide shows of these activities. This way I can make sure I won’t leave anything behind.
Abraço e muito obrigado à todos que escreveram e comentaram pedindo mais artigos!
In my chat with Solange
Transcript: Programa Inclusão (TV Show Inclusion)
Opening text with Reporter Solange Calmon:
Voluntary work is a growing trend in Brazil. It is capable of promoting great changes, based on the initiatives of people that are trying to retribute part of what they have accomplished in their professional and personal lives.
There is no age limit for being a volunteer, one must only believe that the meaning of life is in serving the other, uncross the arms and get to work, saving a few hours of the day or of the week, contributing, conquering trust and receiving as payment a beautiful smile.
In the Programa Inclusão (Inclusion Show) we will show common people helping to rescue their country’s culture; groups of volunteers in action on the streets, in the middle of the night, to put an end to the hunger of boys and girls in risk situations. People of good will that contribute to well being of all, examples that confirm: volunteer work is good for those who benefit from it and for those who are a part in it.
A Non Governmental Organization decided to bet in Capoeira to develop a project that stimulates cultural identity. The Students are boys and girls in social risk situation. The work is coordinated by a Physical Education teacher and capoeirista from Brasília.
To give back to those children and adolescents the joy and the pleasure that he feels when practising Capoeira – this is the desire of the President of the Cordão de Ouro Association in Brasília, Eurico Neto; who has been developing over the last 4 years a project for social inclusion of boys and girls in risk situation. He offers to those children the opportunity of having a better future, while listening to the sound of the atabaque, berimbau and a lot of ginga. Eurico promotes art and culture, the rituals and the identity of the Brazilian people.
Twice a week the children have history and citizenship classes along with physical activities. The boys and girls have the opportunity of integrating with capoeiristas from other parts of the world.
We promote many exchange events within Brazil and with foreign countries. So they have classes with teachers from all over Brazil and contact with capoeira students from many parts of the world, who speak other languages. They have contact with a universe greater than capoeira, a universe of music and history.
Wesley Borges (15 years old student):
People that come from the United States, for example. We chat a bit, they speak English, but there’s always someone to translate. Then we can talk.
Mestre Eurico decided to bet on the potentials of each on of these boys and girls living in the Aldeia SOS shelter. In order to implement the project he counts on the help of other Capoeira professionals.
Professor Ely Alves da Silva:
These children have a life experience that we don’t have. Many are orphans, some have parents that come to visit on the weekends. This bond strengthened in training and in extra activities allows the exchange of experiences.
We try to pass virtues to them so that they can become good people, having good behavior inside and outside Capoeira. With this work we go beyond the teachings of Capoeira to educate good citizens.
In addition to the capoeira classes, the children get other lessons.
Erica Oliveira – 8 years old student:
I learned to be more polite, to be nicer to people and to have more education too.
Felipe – 12 years old student:
I found more friends and I am loosing my shyness.
How long have you been practicing capoeira?
Felipe – student (12 year old):
For a year and a month, more or less.
We began to develop with them the matter of cultural identity and the history of the country. Through that we manage to improve their self-esteem, we create an interest in the activity that we practice and from this relatively smaller universe, which is capoeira, with its rituals and activities, we transcend to a larger universe of teachings for the day-to-day life.
Adriano Santana (13 years old student)
Capoeira brought me many good things. I began as if it were a sport and I ended up liking it.
But there is one prerequisite for these little fellows in order for them to participate in the Capoeira classes. All students must be enrolled in the public schools system.
All of them live in the Aldeia SOS, a third sector shelter that takes care of children and promotes social inclusion through the homes. They promote education through social inclusion. This was the first place in which we started our projects.
The idea of the project is to create more vacancies. But for that new partners and the help of volunteers are needed.
We have to thank the support of the Workers Association of the Federal Senate and of the Federal District’s Fund for Culture Support. We also leave our web-site so that people can have more contact with our work and in case any new sponsors or supporters want to reach us. www.4capoeirathoughts.com
The idea of the Group is to increase the number of children being assisted. After all, the experience has pleased not only the Master but also the students.
I have more will to practice Capoeira, more and more… until I become a professional. Who knows?!
This has been a very rich experience for us, in our personal relations, in the relationship that we have with these children, we’ve managed to become friends.
Is this good for both sides?
Yes. It is good for both sides, for sure!
Rafael da Silva:
I am happier practising capoeira.
Related 4CT articles:
– Learning from Brazilian Culture – TV Clipping – RBI Notícias IV;
– Learning from Brazilian Culture – TV Clipping – RBI Notícias III;
– Learning from Brazilian Culture – TV Clipping – RBI Notícias II;
– Learning from Brazilian Culture – TV Clipping – RBI Notícias I;
– Project Learning From Brazilian Culture: Brief History, Profile and Guidelines;
– Constructional Elements of our School’s Political and Pedagogic Project;
– Capoeira and Global Trends.