Escola Professor Antônio de Sousa Pedroso
The Borari school Professor Antônio de Sousa Pedroso (Escola Professor Pedroso) was opened on May 30, 1985, by decree nº 772/85 – DAD. This school is centrally located in the village of Alter do Chão, on Rua Pedro Teixeira, s/n, Tapajós Region, Municipality of Santarém, State of Pará, Brazil.
In June 2006, the SEMD coordination communicated to the management of this school that the school would function as indigenous education – as the community has always sought to preserve and maintain it’s Borari cultural identity. As of 2022 this school is under full Borari coordination.
ACRAA Collaboration with this School
After initial communications with the management of Escola Professor Pedroso in April 2022, ACRAA’s first collaboration with this school consisted of assiting with the preparations for, and then attending as honoured guests, celebrations at the school marking Indigenous Peoples Week. This event occured on April 18, 2022. See here for details of this ceremony.
Following from this wonderful day, ACRAA, in partnership with the coordination of this school, has initiated an an environmental education program with this institution. The aim of this program is to conduct lessions and workshops with students related to the cultivation of food plants, reforestation & ecological restoration, nursery management, urban tree planting. These activities will be held both at the school and at the ACRAA nursery, which is located only a short distance away (about 1 km).
The first part of this program was the revitilization an already existing plant nursery at the school, which we completed in May 2022. See here for details of this nursery revitalization.
Then in August 2022, under the direction of Katiane Araújo Lourido, we initiated a program of classroom lectures coupled with practicle hands-on lessions in the school nursery. This program has now run one full term at the school (August-December), deivering lessons/workshops to three grade-five classes, once every two weeks. Note: scroll down through the posts on our Instagram Feed page to see photos and videos of these activities.
The construction of a composting and worm farming system will come soon. The compost and worm farming system will use leftovers from the school kitchen and student lunches, instead of going to the garbage – which will then be transformed into fertilizer (compost/worm humus) for production of more food.