BRAZIL: School invests in tools for quality learning
Salesian Mons. Luiz Lasagna Institute adds new technologies for students and teachers
(MissionNewswire) The new school year for Salesian Mons. Luiz Lasagna Institute (Dom Luiz Lasagna School) located in Araçatuba, Brazil, began on Jan. 24 with many new features for students. From kindergarten to high school, the school invested in quality learning and technology over the school break. Father Erondi Tamandaré, director of the school, said that the search for innovation in teaching is necessary.
A robotics classroom was created for the elementary school. For all grade levels, there are new spaces for extra-curricular courses such as indoor soccer and karate, as well as a new and well-equipped gym. The new high school will now offer students advanced education in mathematics, physics and languages. Teaching will also be enriched by a collaboration between the school and Salesian University UniSALESIANO.
“Innovation in education is important to ensure that students and teachers have access to the latest technologies,” said Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “Salesian schools aim for constant improvements when it’s financially possible to do so. The level of quality education and diversity in curricula for our students help them gain an education so they can continue their education or enter the workforce.”
Brazil has one of the strongest economies in Latin America and is an important agricultural and industrial power in the region. Just over 15 percent of Brazilians live in poverty, with the majority living in the rural northeast of the country, according to the World Bank. While Brazil is making positive changes, there are still large gaps between the poor and the rich, and issues of income inequality and social exclusion remain at the root of poverty.
Inequalities also exist in access to education and educational efficiency. These inequalities are greatest for children and youth who are poor, live in rural areas or who have an incomplete compulsory education. Salesian missionaries working with poor youth and their families in Brazil develop programs and provide youth opportunities for furthering their education and skills.
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