CIESPI has just published its fifth bulletin in the series Listen to your children, Rocinha. The series tracks the progress of the Safe, Inclusive and Participatory Early Childhood Education project, an international action research effort coordinated by the Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh with the participation of CIESPI/PUC-Rio and partners in South Africa, Eswatini and Palestine.
CIESPI always tries to contribute something to the communities it engages in research with and this bulletin tracks two such actions in Rocinha. The first action was a collaboration with community and health organizations in the community to promote the vaccination against COVID-19 of younger children. The second was a project to train six young people in the community to listen to and work and play with young children both on-line and in local early childhood education centers.
The bulletin concludes with some thoughts on the differences between the priorities of legal theory on inclusion and participation and realities on the ground.