Portuguese Language Olympics in São Paulo

Thursday 21th November, last day of the 6th edition of the Portuguese Language Olympics 2019 in Brazil.

Rafael Caxàpêj Krahô, student from the village Manoel Alves in Goiatins (TO). Rafael participated in the Semifinalists Meeting in the Opinion Article and went to the Final Stage. Photo: Camila Kinker | Itaú Cultural

The one-month event was held in São Paulo at the Wyndham Garden Nortel Convention Center.

Created in 2002, the Portuguese Language Olympics is an initiative of the Ministry of Education and Itaú Social, with technical coordination from CENPEC (Center for Studies and Research in Education, Culture and Community Action).

The Portuguese Language Olympics is a writing competition for public school students from all over Brazil, and it is part of the actions developed by the Writing the Future Program.

The ‘Writing the Future Program’ became a public policy in 2008 through a partnership with the Ministry of Education and the holding of the first Olympics.

The theme of the productions of this 6th edition is “The place where I live”, which aims to strengthen the students’ bond with the community and the local reality in which they live.

There are many types of classroom and distance education for students and educators. For example, a text competition awards the best productions of students of 5th grade to High School, from Poem and Chronicle to Opinion Article, the categories are diverse.

Photo: Camila Kinker & Livia Wu| Itaú Cultural

The program aims to contribute to the development of citizenship of students and teachers and promote improvements in the teaching of reading and writing in public schools throughout Brazil. At the end of the event, there was a “bookstore” moment, where participants received vouchers to take books of any genre and author home.

“An event that unite people, where each one knows a little about the other’s culture.”

We spoke with Juliana Dadde, one of the members of the event’s organization: “It was a very cultural and touching event. People spoke of their cities with such love and affection. Some participants travelled by boat for three days to get to some city, took a bus for a few kilometres and then took a flight to São Paulo to attend the event. It was beautiful to see their joy coming to the hotel and saying it was their first time travelling by plane. “

A writer is honoured in each edition, and the chosen one was the awarded Minas Gerais writer Conceição Evaristo.

The event also featured a “sarau” (soirée) where students and teachers could express themselves, spreading their regional cultures.

“The night of the sarau was where they showed a little of their culture, there were people who danced, played or sang regional songs. There was an indigenous from Tocantins who sang a Krahô tribe song. It was amazing!”

Juliana Dadde

For more information about the program, visit the website: https://www.escrevendoofuturo.org.br.