Capoeira Raízes do Brasil – Ensinando com o Berimbau
Social integration of the children in Vargem Bonita community
The project has created a community where older students take care of the younger ones, helping them with capoeira moves, but also with school work and personal issues. Since to participate in the project, the students need to not have any problems in the school, it is figh
ting for education and against school dropout.
As they keep gender equality in the center of their work, Capoeira Raízes do Brasil also fights against sexism.
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Luta Pela Paz aims, through the use of their five pillars, to support young people and enable them to become “champions in life.” Their five pillars include boxing and martial arts, education, employability, social support and youth leadership. It has academies in Rio de Janeiro and London, and is present in over 25 countries through partner organizations.
Through their various programs, Luta Pela Paz has reached over 250,000 children and youth. The many programs feature karate, judo, muay thai, boxing, and of course capoeira. In the academy in Rio, there is a yearly batizado that brings participants from all over the region. In addition to hosting capoeira in Rio, Luta Pela Paz also supports Filhos de Bimba in Beirut, Lebanon.
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Instito Compartilhar runs Social Sports Programs, composed of three projects in 42 communities, located in 21 cities and spread across six Brazilian states (Minas Gerais, Paraná, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio Grande do Norte and São Paulo). The main effort is community building, combining efforts between public and private partners to facilitate the implementation of activities. Currently, 4.2 million children and adolescents between 9 and 15 years old are benefited, mainly students from public schools, including the students in Cidade Jardim. The sports programs teach capoeira and volleyball, and facilitates the coexistence of students from several public schools in the region.
In December 2016, 130 students from Cidade Jardim and another community called Afonso Pena, came together for an end of the year celebrations called the Serra Verde Express Christmas Train. Students in the volleyball and capoeira programs came together to celebrate and try the famous barreado, a typical dish of Parana.
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In 2014, the group Capoeira Cameleão started the project Projeto Cantigas e Brincadeiras de Roda in the Cristo Rei neighborhood of Pato Branco. The project provides free capoeira class to children between the ages of five and eleven. The project is maintained from a partnership between Capoeira Cameleão Group in Pato Branco and Academia ACCC ad Mercado Econômico.
The classes, which have been taking place three times a week for three years, include recreational activities, folk dances, instrument practice and music, as well as the movement of capoeira. However, learning goes far beyond theory and practice of the art. According to Agnaldo Luiz Rampanelli, coordinator of the project, students are also taught important values, such as discipline and the importance of education.
The project began with eight children and today has approximately 50 regular participants. According to teacher Diego Drudi Sanches, students who have been participating for even one year have significantly improved their motor skills and flexibility.
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Every year in March, the Católica de Santa Catarina University in Jaraguá do Sul hosts Projeto Sonho de Ferias, an event promoted by the Jaraguá do Sul Business Association (Acijs).
About 70 students between 8 and 10 years old from the municipal schools Ribeirão Cavalo and Professor Gertrudes Steilein Milbratz, participate in cultural and recreational activities throughout the day. Capoeira workshops, painting with gouache, face painting, collage, games, oral health workshops and storytelling were offered. The programs aim to awaken the vision of patriotism, regional culture, community social development, hygiene, prevention of drug use, and encourage fellowship, solidarity and fraternity. The program is supervised by 27 university students from different courses that participate in the Community Project – a curricular component that provides students with 30 hours of collaboration in social projects.
“In the day-to-day running, we often do not realize the difficulties and needs of people who are out of our conviviality. The project is important to make us look to the next. Besides, spending that time playing with the kids is a lot of fun, “
comments law student Bruna Karina Postai, who participated in Projeto Sonho de Ferias for the second time.
Ana Paula Fliegner dos Santos, the social worker associated with the project, emphasizes that the initiative is an opportunity for learning for both children and students: children get to take advantage of the school holidays in activities that awaken their curiosity of the world, university and community actions; and students who have the opportunity to engage in community action, thus contributing to a better world.
For participating children, this is a great opportunity to have fun and learn to live in a healthy society, recognize the importance of valuing life and make new friends. Projeto Sonho de Ferias aims to promote integration between children and adults; raise awareness about the importance of preserving the environment and value the importance of schooling through educational and recreational activities. In addition, the program highlights the need and importance of public and private entities to be in tune with the surrounding communities. Topics
Jardim Joao Paulo II, Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
The Marist Solidarity promotes and defends the rights of children and young people through programs and projects. The Marist Institution has consultative status with the UN Commission on Human Rights through the Marist Foundation of International Solidarity. The network develops initiatives for children’s rights, and also directly serves about 16 thousand children and young people in situations of social vulnerability.
The Centro Marista Dourados (MS) uses Capoeira and its various expressions, including dance, music, game, fight, sport, culture, folklore, history and philosophy, to create a sense of community and belonging, inspiring cooperation and mutual respect, in physical, cultural, social and leisure activities.
Last year, the center hosted its second annual capoeira festival, with mestres attending from many regions and states of Brazil. The center hosts samba, maculelê, and benguela classes, as well as forums on Afro-Brazilian culture.