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Pre-Texts in Sergipe Education: a strategy for mitigating violence in the school context

Brazil

November & December, 2021

The project's main goal is to bring the Pre-Texts methodology to Brazil, especially for public schools in Sergipe.

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In Brazil, the challenges to the physical and psychological safety of students and teachers are many, and mitigation proposals are of paramount importance. Thus, Pre-Texts is being implemented as an innovation, both in practice and in knowledge, to the list of activities carried out in school.

This initiative reaches Sergipe within the existing agreement between the Sergipe Academy of Letters (ASL) and FAPITEC, which provided important research resources for the realization of this project. In addition, there is the valuable support of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, which financed stipends for all public schools teachers participating in the project. In essence, it is a combination of two financing entities, FAPITEC and Rockefeller Center, and two important promoters of knowledge, ASL and Cultural Agents.

 

The main priority goal of this project is to train 25 teachers from state public schools in Aracaju with the Pre-Texts methodology. The actions in Brazil have been led by Dr. Matheus Batalha in partnership with other university professors, such as Dr. Paulo Autran and Dr. Eder Malta, with the support of Rebeca Brito and the undergraduate students Eloá Barbosa and Thais Alves.

Session 1: Book covers

The text used was Panopticism III, a chapter of the book "Discipline & Punish" by Michel Foucault. Amazing activities involving arts are being developed from the text. 

In the first session, the participants had their first contact with the Foucault text through the out loud reading, and created a book cover using cardboard, recyclable materials, and artistic supplies. 

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Session 2: 

The second session started with the tangents. This dynamic consists of posting in a shared document, anonymously, the excerpt of a text that is correlated with the text used in the first session. Thus, each participant chooses an excerpt they found interesting and the participant who brought the text explains how the correlation of it with the original text.

The proposed activity in this session was, in pairs, choose a paragraph of "The Panopticism"  and performance using a music as a background. 

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