Holistica Foundation Inc https://exercise.philanthropy.icu/ Changing lives via Literacy! Fri, 26 Jun 2020 13:57:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://exercise.philanthropy.icu/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/cropped-HFInc_logoFull_square_512-1-32x32.jpeg Holistica Foundation Inc https://exercise.philanthropy.icu/ 32 32 135678647 The Book is mightier than the Virus! https://exercise.philanthropy.icu/the-book-is-mightier-than-the-virus/ Sat, 18 Apr 2020 20:28:42 +0000 https://exercise.philanthropy.icu/?p=2202 Help us support children and parents during this time of need. In Brazil, parents are prohibited to homeschool their kids. One of the consequences of this imposition is that there aren't adequate resources and materials to help parents to take care of their kids' education, now that they are locked inside their own homes.

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Help us support children and parents during this time of need.

As you know by now, there are millions of children out of the schools worldwide.

If you have kids, they are most likely at home all the time now. And if yours are not a homeschooling family, you are probably having a hard time to figure out the best way to deal with your children’s education, during this current crisis. 

It is not different in Brazil – where we work on bringing literacy and passion for reading to students in the most impoverished regions of the continental country.     >  Learn more.

In Brazil, parents are prohibited to homeschool their kids

One of the consequences of this imposition is that there aren’t adequate resources and materials to help parents to take care of their kids’ education,  now that they are locked inside their own homes. 

Most of the students that our organization helps do not have access to computers or internet at home, so remote schooling is not an option for them.

Your gift will help us to develop and to translate to Portuguese good and fitted resources and materials to allow for the continuation of those kids’ education at home. 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP.

*The campaign’s name was inspired by the famous quote by English writer Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839. > Learn more.

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Covid-19 is forcing you to Homeschool your kids? https://exercise.philanthropy.icu/covid-19-is-forcing-you-to-homeschool-your-kids/ Wed, 01 Apr 2020 21:15:16 +0000 https://exercise.philanthropy.icu/?p=2157 The new virus outbreak has already changed so many lives in so many ways.

As the schools closed their doors to our kids, our homes became full, all day long, every day of the week, from sunrise to sunset.

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Get this awesome Resource Guide and learn how the Non-Homeschool Parent can face the current (temporary – let’s hope) situation in the best way possible.

The new virus outbreak has already changed so many lives in so many ways.

Resource Guide
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Empty shelves, deserted streets, the ghost of unemployment hunting new people every single day, and a full house!

Homeschooling is definitely not the same thing as “school at home“. Many of us parents are learning that the hard way.

As the schools closed their doors to our kids, our homes became full, all day long, every day of the week, from sunrise to sunset.

But our children need to learn, right? And, at least for now, they only have ourselves to fulfill this task.

Teachers are sending homework digitally and you are probably struggling with it. You and your kid – or kids(!).


There is hope!

Our good friends at CulturedKids have put together a simply wonderful Resource Guide to help You in this unique moment of your family’s life.

Just fill out the form on the bottom of this page to get your FREE copy.

If you like what you see, please consider making us a gift. Your donation is much appreciated.

Just type in the desired amount in US Dollars and click the button to enter credit card information.

Thank you!


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Are We All Homeschoolers Now? https://exercise.philanthropy.icu/are-we-all-homeschoolers-now/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 15:07:35 +0000 https://exercise.philanthropy.icu/?p=2057 Millions of Students are OUT of the Schools today, Worldwide The coronavirus outbreak’s led many governments around the world to prevent people from going to schools, colleges etc, both private and public. If you have kids in school age, that is most likely your case too. People are being asked to stay home to try […]

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Millions of Students are OUT of the Schools today, Worldwide

The coronavirus outbreak’s led many governments around the world to prevent people from going to schools, colleges etc, both private and public.

If you have kids in school age, that is most likely your case too.

People are being asked to stay home to try to stop the virus from spreading amongst the population.

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So, what about focusing on the bright side of this whole situation?

Most parents are also not being able to go to work, due to the virus outbreak.

The good news is that parents and children are getting more time together.

More time than ever before! What about turn these broken eggs into a delicious omelette?

Take this time to read to or with your kids. Talk about the stories, ask the children to mix up the main characters of different stories into a new one. Foster their creativity!

Play some video games together too! Have some fun. See what they like about each particular game. Work out successes and frustrations as they win, or loose at gameplay.

Let them – the kids – talk about their friends to get to know which are the ones they love the most. Arrange a FaceTime meeting.

ATTENTION: get your FREE Resource Guide by the end of this post.

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Seize this opportunity to teach about empathy and philanthropy.

You can also show your kids how lucky they are to have you as parents, to live where you live, to have what you have.

Contrast that with others that are not that lucky.

Let’s take the people we – at Holistica Foundation – know the better, as a suggestion to your charity talk: Brazilians.

Brazil is a huge country with 200 million + people living in it. Its size is similar to that of the US, without Alaska.

Brazil’s got the 8th biggest economy in the world. However, the majority of its people makes not much more than 300 dollars per month.

When looking at the big cities like Sao Paulo, or Rio de Janeiro, one will find out that millions live in the “favelas”, a kind of ghetto, usually where access to everything is limited, including water and sewerage.

The education system is mostly run by the government and the results are not promising: the most recent World Bank Report states that Brazilians would take 260 years to get to the same level of other OECD countries in reading.

Corcovado's Hill View of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Making a long story short, Brazilian kids don’t read.

Once again it seems that Brazilians would probably waste another good opportunity to take something good out of a crises.

Even though most parents and children are spending time together right now, at home, the chances of they are actually reading books together, or talking about stories they’ve read before, or to even playing video games, is low, very low.

Why? Because the children’s parents also don’t read!

The education crisis in Brazil is old and lasting.

If you so choose, make a charitable donation today to help sowing seeds of love for reading in Brazil.

Thank you a lot for helping our cause. We would be glad in trying to connect you and your kids to the children in Brazil your kind donation will benefit.

We say try because one of our values is freedom. If the benefitted student/family agrees in letting us put them in contact with the donors, we gladly will. If they choose not to, for whatever reason, we apologize but their will will be respected.

Again, thank you for reading this and for making a gift to help our cause.

Just enter the amount (in US dollars),
and click the button to process your donation.

If you’d like to learn about other ways you could give, please follow this link.

But as you may have noticed, to homeschool is not the same as having your kids at home doing homework.

That is why our good friends at CulturedKids put together this Fantastic Guide to help you make the transition and understand what to expect and what not to.

Just fill out this form to get your FREE Resource Guide. I am sure it will make your next days a lot easier.

Thank you!

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Brazil’s scary PISA results https://exercise.philanthropy.icu/brazils-scary-pisa-results/ Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:24:25 +0000 https://holisticafoundation.org/wp/?p=729 The Brazilian education system is collapsing. The results are terrible and the future is not promising. What can be done?

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Brazil performs below the average in mathematics (ranks between 57 and 60), reading (ranks between 54 and 56) and science (ranks between 57 and 60) among the 65 countries and economies that participated.

Marcelo Knobel

Marcelo Knobel

Full Professor of the Instituto de Fisica "Gleb Wataghin" (Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute), of the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (University of Campinas, UNICAMP).

Marcelo Knobel is a Full Professor of the Instituto de Fisica “Gleb Wataghin” (Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute), of the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (University of Campinas, UNICAMP). From 2002 to 2006 he coordinated de Nucleo de Desenvolvimento da Criatividade (Creativity Development Center, NUDECRI), of UNICAMP and from 2006 to 2008 he was the Executive Director of the Science Museum, also at UNICAMP. He was the Vice-President for Undergraduate Programs from 2009 to 2013.

By Marcelo Knobel
January 12, 2014

Since unveiling the 2012 PISA assessment of 15-years-old results in early December, 2013, I have been considering writing about these data and their implications for higher education in Brazil. However, I must confess that many discussions and analysis that appeared in the media and some specialized blogs have overwhelmed me.

In a few words, the results of the PISA are disastrous: Brazil performs below the average in mathematics (ranks between 57 and 60), reading (ranks between 54 and 56) and science (ranks between 57 and 60) among the 65 countries and economies that participated in the assessment.

Interestingly, as soon as the results were published, the Minister of Education of Brazil considered the results great, claiming that the “picture is still not good, but if you look at the movie, it is”.

He was referring to the relative improvement of the country in the last 10 years. For example, in mathematics Brazil grew from 356 points in 2003 to 391 score points in 2012, making Brazil the country with the largest performance gains since 2003.

Some improvements were also found in reading and science.

As mentioned before, many analysts have been discussing the possible cause of this singular apparent improvement, particularly in mathematics.

Besides the improvements in the economic, social and cultural status of the student population, as already pointed out in the OECD report, many other hypothesis have surfaced.

One can consider the improvement of the assessment itself (with better-calibrated questions), the changes in the relative proportion of tested students (from different backgrounds and regions), and the reduction of the distortion age cohort/grade of the students, among others.

There are also many critics to the “one size fits all” intrinsic nature of the test, and the construction of a ranking based on a rather complex indicator.

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In any case, even taking into account all the criticism and associated errors of the scoring (which, indeed, makes it very difficult to depict any clear trend for such a reduced number of data points), the Brazilian results are worrying, compromising the future of any sustainable growth of the nation.

More than 67% of the students are low performers in mathematics, meaning that they can hardly extract relevant information from a single source or use basic algorithms, formulae, procedures or conventions to solve problems involving whole numbers.

According to OECD standards they don’t have enough math to keep learning at school or to compete in the labor market.

This proportion is decreasing from an even higher share in 2003 (around 75%).

In other words, the mathematical illiteracy rate apparently improved, from 3/4 to 2/3 of the participating students.

In fact, it is worth remembering that only students enrolled in formal education participated in the test, which accounts for 78% of the age cohort in Brazil.

Only about 1% of the students are top performers in mathematics (levels 5 and 6), meaning that they can develop and work with models for complex situations and work strategically using broad, well-developed thinking and reasoning skills. It is worth mentioning that this level is the minimum required for any student who would consider a postsecondary study in the STEM fields.

If ones makes a very rough estimate, the number of students who meet these very minimum requirements in Brazil would be only around 150,000 – 200,000 youngsters (Compare this with a total number of more than one million places in HEI every year).

Additionally, some 61% of Brazilian students are low performers in science, meaning that, at best, they can present scientific explanations that are obvious and respond to explicit scientific evidence.

Only .03% are top performers, meaning that they can identify, express, explain and apply scientific knowledge in a variety of complex life situations.

In reading, the results are similar. Only one in two-hundred students (0.5%) perform at or above Level 5, meaning that they can handle texts that are unfamiliar in either form or content and can adeptly analyze texts.

On the other hand, about half of students in Brazil performed below the baseline level of proficiency (Level 2), meaning that, at best, they can recognize the main theme or the author’s purpose in a text about a familiar topic and make a simple connection between information in the text and everyday knowledge.

In Brazil, more than one in three (36%) 15-year-old students have repeated a grade at least once in primary or secondary school; many were held back more than once.

This is one of the highest rates of grade repetition among countries participating in PISA.

Between 2003 and 2012, the proportion of 15-year-olds who had repeated a grade in primary school declined, but the prevalence of grade repetition increased in upper secondary school. The pervasiveness of grade repetition in Brazil has been linked to high dropout rates, high levels of student disengagement, an average of three extra years for students to complete the nine grades of primary school.

Grade repetition is negatively associated with performance in mathematics and it is more prevalent among disadvantaged students.

Although Brazil has made considerable progress in student’s access to a fundamental level education, the inclusion of more students has not been accompanied by needed quality improvement.

The levels of very low-performing students, high repetition and dropout rates, low expectations and lack of motivation are striking and reflect a dreadful picture of the basic levels of education.

Obviously, this situation has implications for higher education, which receives a flux of mostly unprepared students, even in a situation where the net enrollment rate in HE is only around 14% of the 18-24 years old age cohort. It is not surprising that the dropout rates in HE are even higher (above 50%), and the quality of many universities is questionable.

An emerging economy with the strength of Brazil must reflect and act immediately to change this scary situation. Suggestions are welcome…

This article was reproduced in full from Inside Higher Ed’s website: https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/world-view/brazils-scary-pisa-results

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Meet Marlon https://exercise.philanthropy.icu/meet-marlon/ Mon, 30 Apr 2018 18:50:19 +0000 http://holisticafoundation.org/wp/meet-marlon/ Meet Marlon, one of the many students that are falling in love with reading, thanks to the 1BOOK4LIFE Program and its supporters.

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Meet Marlon. He wants to be a cook when he grows up. 🤗

Marlon’s dad is a farm worker. His mother works as a maid. Those are very low paying positions in Brazil. Together, mom and dad make less than US$700.00 per month. That’s not much. Life is tough. After buying food & paying the rent, there’s not much left for almost anything else. 😞

They live in Barra Longa, a small town in Minas Gerais State, in Brazil.

Marlon is one of the many students Holistica Foundation was able to assist, via the 1BOOK4LIFE program.

Marlon’s mom walks him to school every day. About the books he got from the program, she says:

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Thank you so much!

“He went nuts! He was so happy when he got the books!

His father and I couldn’t believe how much joy those books brought to our child.

Thank you. Really, thank you so much!”

Thanks to a kind and caring donor, 1BOOK4LIFE was able to give Marlon and all his classmates, a set of two brand new literature books each; the books were wrapped as a gift, so they could take them home and enjoy the reading. 😊

 

Marlon’s mom read the two books to him already! Repeatedly! “He loves it!”, she says.

 

Marlon’s teacher reads the books in the classroom as well. “The children love when we read them another story. Thanks to 1BOOK4LIFE we now have dozens of new literacy books to read from! Every day at school is a bliss: they bring their new books to school and ask, all at the same time: ‘miss Cidinha, read mine first! Read mine, pleeeeease!’”

Students need books!

We can't do this work without you. Please make a gift today so we can continue to bring joy and hope for a better future to students in Brazil.

Take action! Donate today. Give the Gift of Literacy.

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