Escola Professor Antônio de Sousa Pedroso

Escola Professor Antônio de Sousa Pedroso

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.  Now (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 project with this institution. The aim of this project is to conduct lessions and workshops with students related to reforestation/ecological restoration, nursery management, agroforestry development and urban tree planting. These activities will be held both at the school and at the ACRAA nursery, which is located only a short distance (about 1 km) away.

The initial phase of this project consists of revitilizing an already existing (but in a state of disrepair) plant nursery at the school (with the addition of raised planting beds), and then the construction of a composting and worm farming system at the school.

As of May 29, 2022 (date of this text) the first part of this initial phase – revitilizing the plant nursery – has been completed. Here the existing stucture was improved by adding an inclining top (making it much easier to remove leaves that fallen there), the placement of new shade cloth, and the construction of raised planting beds.

See here for details of this nursery revitalization.

Within the nursery the three raised beds that have be built are to be used as follows: one for cultivation of organic vegetables, a second for cultivation of medicinal plants, and a third for the production of tree seedlings for use in ecological restoration.

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.

The second and ongoing phase of this project – the delivery of lessions and workshops for the students – is currently in the development stage, but is expected to commence soon. Here we have a brazilian biologist (Katiane) that will develope a series of lessons and workshops for the children. See Katiane’s bio here.

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