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Claremont McKenna College

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Fall 2011

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Brazil: Social Justice and Sustainable Development


Teaching children about the importance of the protecting environment is a key step in preparing future generations to solve environmental issues. The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyze how Escola Vila in Fortaleza, Brazil integrates environmental education into its curriculum to promote positive environmental actions later in the children’s lives. Classroom observations revealed how environmental education is incorporated into the curriculum in an interdisciplinary way. Students at Escola Vila learn about the environment through creative projects, experiential learning, sustainable practices on the campus and human rights education. Interviews with alumni showed that these four ways that Escola Vila teaches environmental education have created lifelong positive feelings toward the environment as well as sustainable habits in students after they leave the school. Through its environmental education techniques, Escola Vila produces creative thinkers with a strong ecological consciousness that are prepared to find solutions for the environmental issues of their generations as well of future generations.


Civic and Community Engagement | Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Elementary Education and Teaching | Environmental Health and Protection | Sustainability


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