Thanks to a vision of multiple aspects and to the incentive to multiple competencies and abilities, Gurilândia guarantees its students education that allows them to think in a global way, developing them as a whole and leading them to the consciousness that we live in a world in Which education is continuous and people are eternal apprentices.
Globalization demands from people more and more solid and diversified knowledge, versatility, resilience, ability to identify and solve problems, team work, autonomy to select information, analyze them as to their truthfulness and importance, synthetize them in knowledge, apply them to real everyday Life situations, as well as the knowledge of other languages in order to get connected. Gurilândia is concerned about transmitting, by means of two languages, equity, significance and multiculture to its students, thus making them more tolerant citizens, who know how to appreciate diversity.
Our bilingual education project preserves the social and historical identity, as well as Brazilian culture, not leaving aside the student's need to acquire broad knowledge in international culture, that is, getting to know the great cultural variety around the world without loosing their Brazilian roots. We base our assumptions on the principle that the student must be exposed to new cultures and living experiences that can provide a global and universal vision. The principle of a bilingual school is that the student can get to know and understand new people and new cultures by means of language, starting from young age, as well as having rounded, deep and global academic formation.
In order to provide real and meaningful learning, Gurilândia focuses on the acquisition of two languages. Therefore, they will live with English and Portuguese at school on a daily basis. Parallel coexistence of two languages and of the learning of multiculture develops in the child, besides proficiency in both languages, the ability to equate linguistic contrasts and different cultural values.
Besides bilingual education, the formation of students with an international mind is the basis of our curriculum. Forming an international citizen presupposes offering education inserts, on a daily basis, values and instruments for the development of tolerance, questioning, critical thought, communication, principles and reflexive mind, the capacity of overcoming challenges and the search for new knowledge and new cultures.
The understanding in bilingual education is also fundamental. We fully agree with the description Ofelia Garcia gives in her book:
“Bilingual education is the use of two languages in order to educate in a general, significant and equitable way the tolerance and valuation of diversity.”
Our main task is to develop the student so that he / she is able to face the future in a critical and conscious way. We mean to form citizens prepared to live in a globalized world. They will have better chances to face with success and creativity the competitive world that moves through an ongoing process of transformation and that is full of economic, social and cultural inequalities. In order to achieve this objective, we intend to provide an environment where the English is spoken and used as a communication vehicle, in which the student will be involved with a natural way, dissociated from a compulsory nature, as in Portuguese.
In this sense, the physical space, toys, furniture, teaching materials and all other resources available at school are carefully thought so that students may have alternatives to action and findings that can potentialize fluency and precision in both languages.
By means of different stimuli, since children are going through a formation phase, they will develop the exercise of citizenship by means of projects and expectations involving their social interaction and the surrounding reality.
We therefore have an objective not only bilingual citizens, but also people who know how to deal with differences, how to be flexible in order to solve problems and that, above all, can understand and respect diversity.
In order to accomplish our social function we have to consider the relation school-family-community. We will only be able to work on this tripod if we carry out democratic management, within which all problems are analyzed, discussed and solved in a collective, just and sensible.