More than 80 students from Escola Básica Maria da Luz de Deus Ramos, from the Alto do Lumiar School Grouping, in Lisbon, accompanied by their teachers, participated, on 9th and 17th May, in a guided tour of the Galinheiras territory, promoted and organized by the NGDO AIDGLOBAL.
This initiative aimed to introduce children to the area where they live, full of immense cultural richness and unmistakable identity, from a relational perspective and to get closer to a neighbourhood that mixes multiple cultural realities, its history and different professions. They had the opportunity to explore the other local businesses that exist.
As they grow up and understand the world around them, the little ones start imitating adults’ gestures and actions, in their games or in the way they behave, being part of the learning process to reproduce what is observed around them, namely in the world of work and professions.
As soon as they became aware of the different trades and professions in the area, the students asked questions to the people in charge of the shops and wanted to experience a particular work on this urban promenade. Their visit to the café and grocery shop “Cá te espero” aroused great interest because of the history of this space and because it is considered to be one of the oldest establishments in the area.
The visits to Vila Cardoso, Vila Carlos Henriques and Vila Borges were some of the Vilas, small housing nuclei built for workers displaced to the historic city places that led them to want to know more about how these spaces were constituted and what they were like in the past.
To improve this urban journey, they were presented with an old relic – the story of one of the best known “piolhos”, the name given to the small popular cinemas in Lisbon in the old days – the castiço Cine Texas, in Galinheiras, which opened 60 years ago. It showed “serials”, or films in parts, and “reruns” (retakes of films that had already been successful in the big city cinemas). One of the biggest hits of Cine Texas was “Trinitá-Cowboy Insolent”. During the intervals (there were two, as in the fine cinemas), the spectators would run to play table football in a games tent set up next to the Cine Texas until a bugle played by the theatre owner warned that the session was starting again. It closed in the 1980s, and only one photograph remains, but many fond and lively memories of those who frequented it. The young people loved it!
Visiting different places and discovering the essence of professions stimulates and exercises citizenship education, gradually consolidating their will to relate more to the territory where they live and explore local businesses with their colleagues from different origins and cultures.
The Urban Route has contributed to the students’ increased knowledge and awareness of their territorial area, contributing to their development at that stage of their lives. Another aspect to consider is the understanding of the diversity of forms of work and cultural diversity and how they transform society, and how each profession meets human needs. “Knowing the professions is knowing reality. It will move the children’s thinking and reflections. It still collaborates to a stable formation in learning, which can be reflected in other spheres of learning,” says Brazilian Juliana Pasqualini, university professor and researcher in early childhood education.
“NEAR – NEwly ARrived in a common home” is a European project funded by the European Commission, under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) with the ISMU Foundation as a promoter and as partner entities Tamat, CARDET, and AIDGLOBAL and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. In Portugal, this project is being developed in the city of Lisbon.
AIDGLOBAL ― Acção e Integração para o Desenvolvimento Global (AIDGLOBAL ― Action and Integration for Global Development) is a non-profit Non-Governmental Organization for Development (NGDO), which develops and promotes projects within the scope of Education for Development and Global Citizenship in Portugal and programs within the scope of Literacy in Mozambique. Its Mission aims to Act, Include and Develop through Education, because it believes that Change happens through Education.