The Joy of Books
Question – “what has 32,000 big smiles and makes as much noise as an aeroplane taking off”
Answer – “primary school children at the book fair in Osasco, Sao Paulo, Brazil”
Thanks to my friends at Planeta Educacao, I was thrilled to be part of the launch of O Ensino à Velocidade do Pensamento - the Portuguese version of Schooling at the Speed of Thought - at the Osasco book fair recently. The day started with thousands of children descending on an open market for books. Each child was given a $BRL30 voucher (~$15USD) and, after being entertained by clowns, let loose to choose from thousands of books. The fair was organised just before the holidays, so every child in the school district had a book to read whilst on holidays.
The logistics were breath-taking – 4,000 children a day over 8 days. Coaches would pull up, then children would get into line, watch clowns perform, sing songs, then run off to see what they could find. This was followed-up with reading sessions. It was organised chaos, but wonderful evidence of the children’s strong desire to read and learn.
I stopped to find out what one boy had chosen – a book about dinosaurs. Jokingly, I offered him two copies of “O Ensino à Velocidade do Pensamento” for his dinosaur book – he politely declined my offer, and who can blame him.
The launch itself was great fun too. First a book signing session and impromptu talk with a group of teachers and the Secretary of Education for Osasco , Professora Marinalva de Oliveira
The main event included a demonstration of use of Kinect for learning at home by families…
… after that, came a short speech…
… and the event was completed with a panel discussion
I’d like to sincerely thank my friends and colleagues at Planeta Educacao for making this possible – Luis Namura; Roberta Bento; Aline Tosini; Renata Martins Dias; Manoela da Costa and Elisete Baruel; and to Carmen Nigro for excellent interpretation.
Slides are here: O Ensino a Velocidade do Pensamento
O Ensino à Velocidade do Pensamento is available from the Planeta Educacao store – http://loja.planetaeducacao.com.br/