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READING CIRCLES PROGRAM

Young people in the Reading Circles

The Program

For two decades now, the Fernand Braudel Institute of World Economics has been developing its Reading Circles program, in partnership with Brazil’s public schools, to give the printed word new meaning for young people in the enrichment of learning.  

In this pioneering program, talented adolescents are protagonists in leading small groups of fellow students in reading and discussing the classics of world literature: Homer, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Brazilian authors like Machado de Assis and Clarice Lispector.

These Circles, directed by the psychologist Catalina Pagés, cultivate an atmosphere of confidence and mutual respect among students. Some speak more, others less, but all join in the dialogue. In these exchanges, the capacity for listening is as important as speaking. Each participant is special in his own contribution. They write letters to the Circle about their own discoveries. The texts they produce show what they have understood and achieved.

Cooperation is a skill and method of living that must be learned. It demands attention and capacity for dialogue. Two centuries ago Adam Smith, in The Wealth of Nations, argued that nations grow when men learn to work together, opening a path to justice and prosperity. We seek these advances in the Reading Circles.

Learn about the Reading Circles program through our documentation.

In the Reading Circles library,  access public domain content

Watch the testimonies of persons who support our cause.

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Manuel Vieira - the youngest of eleven children, born in the rural area of the municipality of Granja (CE), moving to Camuci at age 13 to study at a vocational school, becoming a  Reading Circles multiplier. Now he is studying medicine at the Federal University of Ceará.

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Keila Candido - former student and Rreading Circles multiplier in São Bernado do Campo (SP). She went on to study journalism and then traveled to China to work for the Xinhua news agency. Afterwards, she studied economics at Fudan University in Xanga.

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Gabriel Souza Basilio is a student leader since high school of the Reading Circles in São Miguel Paulista, peripheral community of São Paulo, until today. Currently working as intern in the Fernand Braudel Institute while studying Social Communication at Cruzeiro do Sul University.

Testimonies

Aline Vieira Souza - born in the rural area of Iguatu (CE). She became a Reading Circles multipler at age 14 (check age),and is not studiny law at the Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP).

We need your support to expand this program that already has an impact on students in São Paulo and Ceará

Indicators

149

Partner Schools

203

Education Professionals Trained

815

Reding Materials Disdtributed

22.000

Student Leaders

Trained

Casinha: Advanced reading for promissing students with high leadership potential 

The Headquarters building of the Reading Circles program (Casinha) has proved to be a space conducive to reading and debate and has proved to be an excellent space for dissemination of knowledge, expanding access fof low-income youth to cultural resources, systematizing and diffusing new strategies and educational resources for learning.

 

A Casa Sede dos Círculos de Leitura tem se revelado como um espaço propício à leitura e ao debate e se consolidou como um espaço para disseminação do conhecimento em São Paulo, ampliando o acesso do jovem de baixa renda a recursos culturais, sistematizando e difundindo novas estratégias e recursos educacionais para o aprendizado.

Livro: Círculos de Leitura - a arte do encontro

Em 2018, o Instituto Fernand Braudel de Economia Mundial celebrou o sucesso do Programa Círculos de Leitura com a publicação do livro “Círculos de Leitura – A Arte do Encontro”, uma obra que relata a história de quase duas décadas de desafios, muito trabalho e resultados transformadores na vida de milhares de jovens.

Organizado por Catalina Pagés e Maria Aparecida Lamas, respectivamente fundadora e coordenadora pedagógica do Programa Círculos de Leitura, o livro conta uma história, que já atravessou as fronteiras de São Paulo e criou profundas raízes em outros Estados brasileiros, como o Ceará.

O livro conta com o prefácio do Embaixador Rubens Ricupero, Presidente emérito do Instituto Fernand Braudel, e, entre outros, os depoimentos de Cláudia Costin, ex-Secretária de Educação do Rio de Janeiro e Diretora do CEIPE/FGV EBAPE, da Vice-Governadora do Estado do Ceará, Izolda Cela, do ex-Secretário de Educação do Ceará, Maurício Holanda e da Gerente de Educação da Fundação Itaú Social Patrícia Guedes. Além de vários depoimentos emocionantes de professores, diretores e alunos que participam ou já passaram pelo Programa. A obra é complementada por cartas dos participantes, que foram trocadas ao longo dos 18 anos de existência do Programa sobre as principais obras do repertório.