Chapter 13: Teachers’ training as a way of increasing sustainable traditional livelihoods in the coastal region of Paraty, Brazil
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Nepedif consists in a group of educators working to develop a continuing educational project with teachers from the coastal region of Paraty, Brazil, in order to discuss educational practices that strengthen the way of life of traditional caiçara communities in this region. Traditional ways of life are usually more in harmony with the environment, therefore its strengthening favors processes of adaptation to climatic change. However, the traditional communities of Paraty have been threatened by excluding environmental policies, real-estate speculation, megaprojects and urbanization. This paper discusses the training of about thirty teachers from public schools located in caiçara communities. This project is expected to be developed over the next four years in partnership with the Universidade Federal Fluminense, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Local Government and the Forum of Traditional Communities. The first part, which is already in progress, consists of teachers’ awareness, the communities’ diagnosis and theoretical basis to a Differentiated Educational proposal. Preliminary results indicate that teachers are effectively involved. The continuity and deepening of this work will be fundamental in valuing the way of life of caiçara communities, having an effective impact in the processes of adaptation to climatic changes.

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