When observing a specific difficulty in the classroom, educator Neusa Weber, 51, put into practice ideas to overcome this challenge and found an opportunity to transform her work into a textbook for all schools in Picada Café. With a career spanning 33 years, Neusa is a 4th grade teacher at Escola Santa Joana Francisca and, in partnership with Patricia Hansen – a retired teacher and member of the city’s Department of Culture –, last week she launched the book “Conhecendo Picada Café – I am part of it”, which provides general information about the municipality.
The book covers from the history of the first immigrants to hydrographic data, territorial division, development, education, health, city symbols, among others. The material present in the pages was researched by Neusa over the years, being shared in the classroom through activities, printed single sheets and handouts – these paid for by the students’ parents –, produced by herself. So, the teacher was encouraged by Patricia to prepare the publication, centralizing the information to be taught in elementary school, as the history of Picada Café is part of the curriculum of the 4th year. “The books already written about the city are aimed at a more adult audience and the materials provided by the Ministry of Education do not provide information about the municipality. The work is a way to leave all the content produced in my career to future teachers”, comments Neusa, stating that she will soon retire.
According to Patricia, the project is the result of a lot of work, dedication and love for the profession on the part of Neusa. She informs that the idea of the Secretary of Education and Culture of Picada Café is to make new impressions every year, with the necessary updates, with the objective of distributing among the students. “As many people are expressing interest in acquiring the book, a way of printing copies to sell is already being thought of”, says the educator.
Book is being distributed in schools
Now, the city’s educational institutions are receiving the book, as was the case with the Décio Martins Costa School this week. According to teacher Edna Horst, from the 4th year of elementary school, it is a material rich in information and records of years of research, so it will be a very welcome resource to study and get to know Picada Café better. “As it is well organized, including spaces dedicated to student notes, it will guide future research and visits to different places in Picada Café”, she adds.
Student testimonials about the book:
“The book is very beautiful and interesting, because it talks a lot about the municipality. I liked the images of the churches and the maps of the neighborhoods.” Kaue da Silva Rodrigues, 9 years old
“I thought this book we received was really cool, because we are going to learn a lot of important things about the city.” Thyele de Oliveira, 9 years old
“It’s an amazing book, because it has a lot of information about Picada Café. I also enjoyed seeing the images of the city’s churches.”
Davi Jose Ribeiro, 9 years old
Project Being Education 2022
Initiatives such as the one reported in this report are in line with the proposal of Ser Educação, a project conceived by Grupo Sinos and carried out in conjunction with a series of partners.
The initiative aims to propose reflection on the future of education and disseminate the best solutions adopted by professionals and educational institutions.
Master sponsorship: Nova Santa Rita City Hall, Novo Hamburgo City Hall, Colégio Sinodal, Sesi, Senai, Liberato Foundation and Escola Superior Foundation of the Public Ministry. Support: Fecomércio-RS/Sesc/Senac System, Colégio Sinodal da Paz and Feevale University. Institutional support and OAB São Leopoldo.
*Report originally published in the Estação Plátanos section, which is included on Fridays in the NH newspaper. The section highlights news from the cities of Dois Irmãos, Estância Velha, Ivoti, Lindolfo Collor, Morro Reuter, Nova Petrópolis, Picada Café, Presidente Lucena, Santa Maria do Herval and São José do Hortêncio.