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Community initiatives in Brazil

06/09/2016 - 00:00 PM

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The contribution to the community in Brazil

The social investment strategy implemented by Tim Participações aims to promote the social inclusion of disadvantaged groups in Brazilian society, particularly children and teenagers, by running education programmes that support the corporate "without borders" concept even in the social sphere.

In 2013, the TIM Institute was founded with the aim of defining strategies and providing resources for the dissemination of science and innovation to support the development of the community in Brazil, particularly by means of mobile technology.

Four areas of activity were identified in which to develop projects:

  • education
  • application
  • work
  • social inclusion

Its strategical objectives are:

  • implementation of educational projects for the social inclusion of young people and teenagers;
  • implementation of training projects to encourage daily use of the Internet and mobile phones as tools for social development and inclusion.

The geographical area of intervention is the whole country.

Projects are selected according to their relevance to the company's strategies and requirements.

Initiatives are monitored and a final evaluation is carried out on completion. A report is drawn up for each project that provides a detailed description of the initiative and the results achieved, also in quantitative terms.

Examples of projects in Brazil

O Círculo da Matemática do Brasil (Brazilian Math Circle)

One of the greatest obstacles to scientific and technological progress in Brazil is the poor standard of maths teaching in schools. According to the Ministry of Education, only 42% of students in the third year of primary school can do simply arithmetic like addition and subtraction. In the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012, based on the results achieved in maths by its students, Brazil came 59th on a list of 65 countries. By focusing attention on the first few years of primary school, the O Círculo da Matemática do Brasil project, working with its founders, professors Bob and Ellen Kaplan of Harvard University, introduces the Math Circle approach to the Country, perfecting and adapting its content to the Brazilian context. The strength of the Math Circle lies in its educational aspect, according to which student participation and reflection are fundamentally important for acquiring mathematical knowledge. In 2013, 7,000 lessons were held in connection with the project, involving over 6,000 students between the ages of 7 and 9 from 61 schools across the Country.
The project began by training 50 teachers selected from public schools throughout the Country. The teachers attended a training workshop with Bob and Ellen Kaplan and learned to replicate the Math Circle approach in class with their own students. At the end of the period, an assessment of the project was carried out, which showed that in just three months the maths skills of students had increased by 5.7%. Over 14,000 lessons were held in 2014 at Brazilian public schools in the cities of Duque de Caxias (RJ), Porto Velho (RO), Belém (PA), Brasilia (DF), Fortaleza (CE), Aracaju (SE) , Salvador (BA), Porto Alegre (RS), Rio de Janeiro (RJ) e São Paulo (SP), involving 8,000 students and promoting the training of 200 teachers from the schools where the lessons were held. In July of the same year, three teachers were selected to take part in the 7th annual training held at the Math Circle Summer Teacher Training Institute, Notre Dame University, Indiana, United Stated, as ambassadors of the O Círculo da Matemática do Brasil programme. The impact assessment conducted at the end of the year showed that children who took part in the project improved their maths skills by 7.3% on average. In 2015, 12 cities and 5,546 students were involved in the project, and still are. Around June, 50 teachers began to take an active part in this training process, replicating the approach and taking responsibility for training a further 1,800 teachers. This will allow morethan 50,000 students in 20 Brazilian cities to enjoy the fruits of the teaching method.

TIM Faz Ciência (TIM Does Science)

The results achieved by Brazilian students in science are far from ideal. The PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) science test conducted in 2012 placed Brazil in 59th place on a list of 65 countries. Out of the three areas assessed - reading, maths and science - the last was the one in which Brazilian students achieved the least satisfying results. However, during academic year 2014, more than 2,000 teachers in public schools across the country were able to apply a more interesting approach in science lessons. In the second half of 2013, Instituto TIM launched TIM Faz Ciência (TIM Does Science): an educational activity aimed at teaches and students in the 4th ad 5th years of primary school. The project is intended to develop a set of resources aimed at providing guidance to teachers in teaching the foundations of scientific thought to children. The content explores the notions of definition, observation, formulating questions and assumptions, classification, verification, application and generalisation. Overall, in 2014, 70,000 students were invited to explore scientific notions and concepts in a more pleasant and effective way. In 2015, the programme involved over 125,000 students and 4,000 teachers and was adopted by 6 cities as a local training project. Further information is available in the Sustainability Report of Tim Participações and on the website en.institutotim.org.br.