Combined management rescues at-risk children

Posted on 01/05/2022 06:00 / Updated 01/05/2022 06:00


(Credit: Marcelo Ferreira / CB / DA Press)

When Luiz Claudio Campos was born, Planaltina became a staunch supporter and admirer. Repaying all the affections of the city that had welcomed him since childhood, even in spite of all the social and financial difficulties imposed on the way, became one of the main goals of his life. And through education he saw the potential to make it happen.

Luiz Claudio does not deny that the results achieved were different from his dream. “I never thought of becoming a teacher. My goal, when I was younger, was to be a business administrator. Enem (National High School Exam), I had to take the entrance exam at UNB, which was very competitive, or you went to a private college, which I could not afford “, he explained.

In times of limited possibilities, without the opportunity to expand the network of higher education and the quota system for public schools, Luiz Claudio explained that he took advantage of the opportunities for economic and social upliftment. “I took the first opportunity that arose: the UEG (State University of Goa) entrance exam. I passed the seventh, and began to enjoy the profession. Age.”

It was a competition for the federal district education department. It was there that Luiz Claudio’s life took a turn. In 1999, the summons took him to the school floor – a place where he had gone and returned a few times, periodically with the management position. A graduate in geography and qualified to teach sociology, working with high school youth and teenagers was her favorite thing. “One of my accomplishments as a high school teacher is now meeting my alumni who are highly respected professionals: lawyers, teachers, judges, engineers,” he says.

 04/22/2022 Credit: Marcelo Ferreira / CB / DA Press.  Brazil.  Brasilia - DF - Column Our Master, Luiz Claudio Campos Professor and Director of Cac Asis Chatobriand, at Planaltina DF.
04/22/2022 Credit: Marcelo Ferreira / CB / DA Press. Brazil. Brasilia – DF – Column Our Master, Professor Luiz Claudio Campos and Director of Caic Assis Chateaubriand, Planaltina DF.
(Photo: Marcelo Ferreira / CB / DA Press)

In 2014, however, he took on a different mission, leading the Asis Chatbrind Comprehensive Care Center for Children and Adolescents (CAIC) in the city where he grew up. The school serves more than 1,200 children between the ages of 4 and 12, from elementary school to elementary school.

Upon arrival, he encountered difficulties in the educational process and administration. Through a partnership with the school community, it has begun reforming Caic’s political-educational project (PPP), which is essential to the results achieved to date. The chief, the director is proud, to help fight crime.

“The school is located in an area called Buritis 2, better known as Pombal. It is second only to Rio de Janeiro in terms of crime,” observes Luic Claudio, director of Caic. “We have a great lack of state, and a sharp rise in trafficking and polarization.”

He believes that through collective management, which involves the community, it is possible to rescue children involved in crime. More than that, gaining the respect of the population, even in the face of a subtle socio-economic context. “Today, Kaik is a school with no graffiti on the walls,” he said proudly

Hungry for what?

One of the projects that the director most appreciates is the Escola da Inteligência project, offered by the Augusto Curie Institute, which aims to teach children mental intelligence. “The project came to the school as a pilot project, because the institute only works with private schools,” said Luiz Claudio. According to him, the proposal was essential for the economic and social restructuring that he felt was necessary to implement during his tenure as head of management.

“We welcome underprivileged children from the outskirts of Planaltina. They are children who must eat before they can learn to read and write,” he said. Through project and parental participation, it was possible to reconcile social dependence with learning. Luiz Claudio highlights “We managed to get the kids to school, not just for lunch, but to socialize with others.”

  • Luiz Claudio Campos with his grandchildren, 7-year-old Miguel and 8-year-old Mariana, also students of Caic Assis Chateaubriand
    Private archive

  • Luiz Claudio Campos with his grandchildren, 7-year-old Miguel and 8-year-old Mariana, also students of Caic Assis Chateaubriand
    Private archive

With the Covid-19 epidemic, in 2020, the director explained that the institute had stopped its activities in public schools. Then came the challenge of two more years, for which no manager, teacher, student or guardian was ready, either in Planaltina or anywhere else in the world. “We had a lot of difficulty getting distance education, and there was a huge educational loss, but we worked with an active search to find the missing children.”

And, when he says active search, he doesn’t mean the power of expression: a word car crosses city streets to warn students about the importance of maintaining school attendance, and a motoboy printed material takes home those in need. . Some of the content was also sent to parents via WhatsApp for those who do not have access to a home computer. “During that time, we were able to rescue 300 children using active search and printed material,” highlighted Luiz Claudio. The 100% face-to-face return, only in September 2021, was with many other battles, such as students who were disciplined, disorganized and no longer accustomed to the school routine. “It’s been a very difficult task. To this day, many children have a different level of learning,” he explained.

The number of special students is also a daily challenge. There are 86 student reports that prove the existence of some disorder; And another 200 children have learning disabilities due to a disorder that has not yet been investigated. In the latter case, the school sends families to the services and educational institutions available through Casa do Ceará that provide free support, such as clinical medicine and speech therapy.

Clarice’s son

The reality that Luiz Claudio saw in school today is not much different from what he lived in childhood and adolescence. “There was a little bit of violence in the 1980’s, but I was one of those students who only had a pair of jeans and a pair of sneakers to go to school and go out with friends on the weekends.”

His mother, Clarice Gonsalves, who died three years ago, washed laundry, cleaned apartments on the Plano Pilot, and worked a small job to support her three children, all of whom graduated today. The eldest is also a teacher and the youngest is an executive editor. “We won because of our mother’s efforts,” said Luiz Claudio, now 52. Stephanie Kelly’s father, 26, and Felipe, 24, have the privilege of staying with her grandchildren every day. The eldest child, Mariana, 8, and Miguel, 7, study at Caic.

Luiz Claudio daughter Kelly, mother Clarice Gonsalves and grandchildren Miguel, 7 years old and Mariana, 8, also a student of Caic Assis Chateaubriand
Luiz Claudio daughter Kelly, mother Clarice Gonsalves and grandchildren Miguel, 7 years old and Mariana, 8, also a student of Caic Assis Chateaubriand
(Photo: Photo: Private archive)

“I owe everything I have to this day for education,” the director repeated like a mantra. “I continue to focus on my studies and I feel very happy. I am a respected education manager in my city.” Despite all the difficulties, he insists he believes in public schools and appreciates the network’s teachers. “The budget is so low that we can only do what we need, and yet, we get milk from a rock, as the saying goes. We’ve been able to build citizens.”

With the intelligence of a man who not only felt the consequences of moving away from the privileges reserved for the aristocracy to a social context, but who himself decided to get involved in solving the structural problems of the community, Luiz Claudio unleashes all the power of public and free education: “Society, Today, there is a great need for reception and, in public schools, we can welcome families, children, young people, and let go of their violence, leaving behind a weak social condition that could open the way for them. “

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