* UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children, Jordan’s Queen Rania visits a school in Brazil
* 시간: 02 min 27 secs
* 촬영도시: Sao Paulo
* 촬영국가: Brazil
* 촬영일자: 24 Oct 2008
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan has just visited a unique school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that embraces a "learning by doing" philosophy. As UNICEF's Eminent Advocate for Children, Queen Rania is focusing attention on the challenges facing children around the world. She met with students at the Aprendiz City-School and discussed their curriculum, which allows them to learn about chemistry in the kitchens of neighborhood restaurants, and hold art workshops in museums and theatres. Local residents are encouraged to share their particular knowledge with the students, in a forum that has essentially become a huge, outdoor classroom – one the students have embraced.
"This project recognizes that education is the great equalizer," said Queen Rania. "It is a critical rung on the ladder to self-respect and dignity and self-reliance. It also recognizes that education is the foundation for stable and secure societies, and the basis for justice and equality in societies. It recognizes that education is a basic human right."
With the media in tow, Queen Rania took a break from her tour of the school to lend a hand to an art project.
The children present all gave her visit high marks. Three girls could barely contain themselves when talking to a reporter, alternately saying things like "She's amazing!" and "A role model!" and "Adorable!" Before this school opened its doors 11 years ago, the neighborhood was plagued with drug activity and crime. Now the government of Brazil and UNICEF are working to replicate this successful model across the nation. Anna Penido is one of the UNICEF staffers who's been working closely with the school. She says, "The visit of Her Majesty Queen Rania to Brazil was very important for us because we had a chance to show how Brazil is overcoming the challenges that we have in order to improve the quality of education." This is just one school, in one country, in a world where an estimated 93 million children are not in school. But it stands as a testament to what is possible when a community comes together and decides to make educating its children a priority.
In Sao Paulo, Brazil, this is Thomas Nybo reporting for UNICEF Television. Unite for children.