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Black Consciousness

The Swiss-Brazilian School seeks to work on issues related to Black Consciousness in different ways throughout the school year, not just in isolation. This only occurs on a specific date. Each teacher addresses the subject spontaneously and customarily in his or her subject; in our school, the theme was even more prominent in 2018, when […]


In 27 of January of 2020

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The Swiss-Brazilian School seeks to work on issues related to Black Consciousness in different ways throughout the school year, not just in isolation. This only occurs on a specific date. Each teacher addresses the subject spontaneously and customarily in his or her subject; in our school, the theme was even more prominent in 2018, when at the biggest school party, the Bazaar, we chose Africa as the theme. This year we decided to honor Mexico. And what do these choices demonstrate? It is part of the profile of our college to sow a doctrine of respect for multiculturalism, extolling our miscegenation. An open school is one that emphasizes values ​​such as awareness, reflection, empathy, reciprocity, among others.

In this sense, because we are inserted in the school environment where these aspects must be discussed and worked, it is essential to foster knowledge of African and Brazilian history and culture within the school curriculum. With a policy of comprehensiveness to the historical, social and anthropological dimensions derived from the Brazilian reality, the goal is to combat racism and discrimination that particularly affect the black population of the country, in addition to understanding, knowing and valuing the origins of our own culture.

Faced with this need in our society for the recognition, appreciation and affirmation of rights related to the Afro-Brazilian community, with regard to education, the following is supported and established: according to the amendment brought to Law No. 9394/96 of Guidelines and Bases of National Education, the teaching of Afro-Brazilian and Indigenous History and Culture in Basic Education is mandatory, through Law No. 10.639 / 2003 and Law No. 11.645 / 08. This obligation points to the need for guidelines that convey and value African-Brazilian history dating back to African roots, as well as recognition of the importance of indigenous peoples in Brazil, leading our students to a solid and comprehensive cultural and social education through content related to these topics.

The aim is that this recognition will lead us to a path of justice and equality of social, civil, cultural and economic rights. Therefore, it is necessary to establish and diffuse a different attitude in the discussions, ways of thinking and operating in society.

Therefore it is important to adopt pedagogical strategies to value diversity, in order to reflect on the racial inequality present in Brazilian school education at different levels of education, striving to find solutions and measures to reduce this scenario of inequality.

Respecting differences and valuing cultural diversity is the first step in all the rest of the work. The school, in exercising its socializing and demystifying role, develops activities that enable this process of citizenship, awareness, and respect for differences.

The work is carried out from preschool II to the 4th grade of high school and has a great diversity of pedagogical procedures such as stories, educational games, research activities, posters, debates, dances and theatrical performances, thus promoting appreciation of the miscegenation and diversity in the Brazilian context, as well as understanding and learning to reflect on issues of social injustice present in Brazilian history. It is through such educational policies that we prepare our students to build a fairer future for the coming generations.