Problem: Headed by the educator Eda Luiz, known as Dona Eda, the elementary school which is part of the São Paulo municipal schools network provides education to youngsters and adults. It focuses on combating the abandonment of students who have been excluded for various reasons, by accepting individuals aged 15 and upwards, including kids expelled from other schools, workers returning to education, adolescents complying with correctional measures, those suffering with problems related to drugs and people with special needs. Other problems the school tackles are the lack of a voice among students and indiscipline. The medicine for these ills is respect for all.
Solutions: The school has six shifts of two and a half hours each. There are classes in the morning afternoon and evening. The students are divided into four modules according to their level of knowledge: literacy, post literacy, intermediate and final. Each shift has at least one class from each module. The students have the flexibility to participate in a class that takes place at a different time from their own if necessary. The subjects were substituted with areas of knowledge such as languages and codes (Portuguese and English), humanities (history and geography), rational sciences (sciences and philosophy) and logistical and artistic trials (math and the arts). The teachers propose that students study by means of solving problems. In parallel, students carry out a project that lasts one semester and involves the whole school, culminating in community intervention. In addition to books, the school uses online tools, projections, CDs and DVDs in the classroom.
Outcomes: Students that had previously given up on school or had been rejected by other schools start believing they can learn again, feel accepted and manage to complete their studies. In 2007, the pedagogical project of the school was used as a basis for a change in all the other schools of this type in the São Paulo municipal network.