Teacher uses paperboard and pen to teach math to students

Using just two objects, the teacher transformed education at a school on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro

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September 9 was International Literacy Day, created over 50 years ago by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The date is aimed at celebrating literacy and education as a form of empowerment for thousands of women and men around the world.

The average rate of Brazilians aged 15 or older that do not know how to read or write fell for the fourth year in a row, according to a study done in 2016 by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). Even with this progress, illiteracy is still synonymous with exclusion and poverty for this age group.

Faced with this situation, teacher Luís Felipe Lins revolutionized his math classes by using a pen and paperboard at the Francis Hime Municipal School. How?  He used these materials to make games, like memory and dominos, to teach math to students starting at the 6th grade level.

Students need to decipher enigmas, write how they reached their result, and register the entire process in a video to share with their classmates. The teacher believes that this develops skills beyond math, such as writing, speech and teamwork.

The school has already won 197 medals in math competitions over a ten-year period, which has garnered significant results for learning at the school, which uses basic items from kids’ day-to-day.

Through initiatives – Education is one of the causes embraced by International Paper Institute (IIP), which contributes to the lives of thousands of young people and adolescents through projects in areas where the company has operations.

The IP Institute Formare School Institute has already trained over 450 young people between 16 and 18 years of age in Mogi Guaçu and Luiz Antônio, in the state of Sao Paulo, and in Três Lagoas, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

In 2017, Formare welcomed around 170 International Paper professionals, who decided to voluntarily share their knowledge with students. In 2016, the company had already benefitted a total of over 28,000 people.

 

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