I hope I can accurately document my experiences in Brazil and share my knowledge with other educators. The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Project offers an extremely unique opportunity for a special educator. The need for both leaders and educators in special education to develop a global perspective of their field and an international understanding for policies and procedures abroad is imperative. Opportunities to learn from educators, government officials and inhabitants of countries promoting large education initiatives, especially those targeting students with disabilities and individuals who require alternative teaching methods, offer invaluable information about the country’s perception of special education, the disabled population, and what role culture plays in educating individuals with disabilities. Mutual understanding and learning amongst educators in this field is critical to the development of programs that will meet the unique needs of diverse populations.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Background and Interest
Brazil is unique because it has made significant strides in educating groups of people who have historically been neglected. Brazil's government has adopted a system that promotes “Education for All and for Each One”. This prompts an exceptional opportunity to view how the country is including and educating students with disabilities and those who have deficits due to lack of education in the past. Primary knowledge of educational strategies and policies in Brazil is invaluable. Not only does Brazil provide a setting rich in culture and history, it also offers an environment implementing and supporting great educational initiatives. It is vital to develop awareness and appreciation of both when executing educational programs. There is a wealth of information that can be utilized in Brazil that will ultimately help special educators gain insight and understanding into countries around the world.