GEO Santa Teresa hosts 1st Rio 2016 drawing contest
The goal of the contest is to encourage the artistic creativity of students. They are guided by teachers to express their impressions and feelings concerning the Olympic and Paralympic Games through drawings.
With the objective of integrating students with Rio 2016 Games, Rio 2016 Committee, in partnership with the City Department of Education, promoted the 2013 Cultural Contest of Drawing, to encourage the artistic creativity of students. They are guided by teachers to express their impressions and feelings concerning the Olympic and Paralympic Games through drawings.
Up to June, 2013, eleven schools took part in the contest and selected their winners. In the beginning of August, Ginásio Experimental Olímpico (GEO) Juan Antonio Samaranch was the first to present the winning students with prizes. With the mission of preparing the student/athlete/citizen, GEO has being changing education in Rio. One of the winners, Marlon Lopes de Souza, a student of the sixth grade explained that he did his drawing with the intention of encouraging other students.
- My drawing is about how cool swimming is. It was to encourage those who are on the streets to attend school and practice sport, because they can be someone in life
Maurício Pinto, coordinator of Physical Education and Sports of City Department of Education, highlighted the importance of GEO for the future of children.
- The program is of a school focused on sport, where children study and practice sports during the week. Its goal is to consolidate the policy of discovering new talents in the city of Rio de Janeiro and to give talented children the opportunity to practice sports combined with excellent education – explains Maurício.
Maurício is also GEO’s manager. The institution has three units (Santa Teresa, Caju and Pedra de Guaratiba). Next year, two more units will open, Tijuca and Ilha do Governador. According to Maurício, the goal is to have a GEO in each coordination office. To this date, there are eleven.
- We now have 1.500 students, next year that number will go up to 2.500. We believe that the program has been a success due to its results, both academic and athletic, in addition to a great visibility due to the results. It is the acknowledgment of everything we believe in. The sport elevates the education and brings overall development to the students.
Ricardo Prato, world champion swimmer and Olympic medalist, was also present at the 1st cultural contest ceremony. Prado advised the students who were interested on being athletes.
- I believe sport is a powerful weapon of education, I think we must bring the Olympic values into schools. We have to use the Games to inspire those kids, so they become athletes. Also, through sport, they can be more qualified and have a healthier life, making this country a better place.