Brazilian Indians Enter Information Era

In March, the state department of Education wants to establish a program of digital inclusion in indigenous schools in the state of Maranhão, in the Brazilian Northeast.

At the same time, the organ plans to study the viability of implanting a food production pilot project for the school lunch program, to help preserve the eating habits of native populations.

At first, the digital inclusion program will be introduced in five schools. Teachers will receive training in the use of digital technology, according to the secretary of Education, Edson Nascimento.

Maranhão has around 25 thousand Indians from eight culturally distinct nations, explains the supervisor of Indigenous School Education, Robério Pinto. There are 220 villages in all, located in 15 municipalities.

The department of Education currently runs 222 native schools, with 496 teachers who are, for the most part, named by the communities themselves.

There are 10,891 students enrolled in literacy classes and grades 1-5 of fundamental education.

The department takes care of the basic and ongoing preparation of teachers, school lunches, publication of special didactic materials, and school transportation.

Translation: David Silberstein
Agência Brasil


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