Created in 2003, the same year the Alpargatas Institute (AI) was founded, the Sports-based Education Program contributes to improving the quality of public education, supporting the promotion of teaching skills. Its operational strategy is based on the promotion and strengthening of Physical Education in addition to a methodology of technology transfer for teaching.
Four pillars support the program’s organic implementation:
1. Development of Skills
Education Trail – On-the-job training of Physical Education teachers and managers of participating schools;
2. Qualification of School Facilities
Sports Kits – Structuring of school sports facilities for the development of Physical Education classes and the provision of sports-didactic resources.
3. Recognition of Best Practices
Education Awards – Straight-A Student, Straight-A Teacher and Straight-A Management Categories – Recognition of best practices performed by students, teachers and managers;
The pillar of Recognition of Best Practices is of unique importance for the strengthening of the exemplary activities developed in the school. The categories follow different goals and criteria: The Straight-A Student category motivates young talent and gives awards to the 10 best Elementary School students in learning performance, attendance rate and best behavior. The Straight-A Teacher category recognizes best practices by assessing factors ranging from Development Trail workshop attendance rate to teacher performance. Straight-A Management, in turn, recognizes the manager actions with regard to teaching proposals – especially those related to the valuation of Physical Education – and assesses performance and program indicator scores.
4. Dissemination of Knowledge
National Education Seminar – An incentive for production and dissemination of knowledge by the socialization of successful experiences brought forth from the aggregate technology offered by the program in the area of Physical Education.