Children Citizenship Day mobilizes 700 students in the Federal District

November 7, 2010 - A day of many games and workshops on citizenship. About 700 students from 1 st to 5 th year of primary education of public and private schools from the Federal District participated in the Children Citizenship Day, on Friday (05). The event has been promoted for three years by the Comptroller General of the Union (CGU), in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Sisters of the Schools and the (Management and Operations Center for the Amazon Protection System (Censipam).
The children were selected from students enrolled in schools in the Capital linked to the Sister Schools Program and the children of employees of the organizations promoting the event. Throughout the day, games and presentations focused on citizenship practices. Topics such as ethics, participation and social control, the environment and the responsibility with nature and its preservation were addressed through the Children Citizenship Portal, managed by the CGU, Citizenship Ludo, developed by the Maurício de Sousa Cultural Center, and theater performances, contests and games.
Divided into three teams, identified by green, yellow and orange T-shirts, students also participated in recycling practices and fiscal education workshops. This year, for the first time, previous activities were carried out in some schools as a way to better prepare students for the day's activities. For Lucy Adelia Dias, teacher of the Municipal School of Avelino Jove de Abreu, of Valparaiso, the Children Citizenship Day helps to reinforce what they have studied in classroom. "It was interesting to gather schools. It is a way to play and learn, and when they play, they learn faster. They assimilate the information better," said the teacher.
"Citizens must keep an eye on public money, because otherwise it will be stolen. You have to go to the city hall and ask how much public money is spent and what was it spent on," teaches Matheus Souza Fernandez, a student from the 5 th grade of the Municipal School Avelino Jove de Abreu.
Another stimulating activity for the children was the time for a snack, when each of them, after eating, was directed to deposit their trash in the right place. While feeding, they learned about the importance of preserving the environment through recycling. "I learned many new things, interesting things, like how long does it take nature to absorb glass," said Beatriz Asuncion, from 5 th grade of the Municipal School Avelino Jove de Abreu.
The Children Citizenship Day was also held in the states of Acre, Alagoas, Amapá, Amazonas, Bahia, Ceará, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Paraíba, Paraná, Pernambuco, Rio Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul, Rondonia, Roraima, Tocantins and Santa Catarina. In Mato Grosso, Pará, São Paulo and Sergipe the activities will take place later this month. In Mato Grosso do Sul, the event was held on Thursday, 04.

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