Environmental education is the path to establishing new bonds between society and nature and new perspectives on the natural world. It is through this path that we interact with the communities where the project operates and come into contact with local ecological knowledge. At Toninhas do Brasil, environmental education is approached in a critical, constructive and mature manner, always with creativity, sensitivity and ludicity. In addition to raising awareness on the importance of conserving franciscanas and their ecosystems, we seek to promote experiences of contact with nature and, based on this enchantment, elicit a collaborative construction of meaning and knowledge. In our work, we are both students and educators, and we invite everyone to reflect on the changes we can implement in our daily lives and in our communities in favor of a truly sustainable and fair development.
Toninhas do Brasil works together with teaching institutions, and in an integrated manner with municipal education departments, to bring our way of doing environmental education to formal learning. Since its inception, the project has been an ally of educators, offering didactic material, training and experiences that complement the skills and knowledge built during classes.
Our team conducts lectures, interactive exhibitions and activities both in and out of the classroom, providing dynamic, participatory and organic learning experiences. We also offer teaching support for planning activities aimed at all stages of basic and higher education, working with educators and according to their needs.
In addition, through our environmental education course, we help teachers bring the principles of ocean literacy to their students. In the cities of São Francisco do Sul, Caraguatatuba, Ubatuba and Laguna, educators partnering with the project will have the opportunity to implement the didactic material from “the Franciscana Treasure Chest” in their classrooms. Produced in a Montessorian and Waldorfian perspective, this material, aimed at early childhood education and the early years of elementary school, proposes an imaginative way of integrating environmental education into curriculum components, and of educating for conservation.
Children from CMEIP Toninhas, in São Francisco do Sul (SC) during an environmental education activity.