School and basic education are a right no-one should be without. The Caboclo inhabitants of the Rio Jauaperí, according to a survey done by the Associação Amazônia and the University of Amazonas, consider it as an important means of defending their culture and also as a fundamental element in the successful participation in a process of sustainable development.

The Reserva Ecolôgica Xixuaú - Xiparinã belongs to the Associação Amazônia and is situated on the Rio Jauaperí approx. 450 kms from Manaus. Its distance from population centres is a fact which contributes to the natural richness of the reserve. The Xixuaú - Xiparinã reserve is, like many other isolated zones, not reached by health and education services. The nearest school is four hours away by canoe ( 8 there and back). However it works only sporadically and at this moment is without a teacher or any educational material.

The small community inside the reserve has grown and, as in all the rest of the Jauaperí, the majority of the inhabitants are children.


Since the foundation of the reserve one of the Association's priorities has been to provide an education for the children who live there.

In 1996, with the help of the entire community and using only local forest materials, Association built a Maloca (hut) which is now being used as a school house. In a short space of time, and in a community of illiterate people, the children aged 7 to 15 have begun to read, write and count. In view of these results the adults have also asked for a course in reading and writing.


For the 1996/97 year 3 classes have begun:

  1. Course (from 5 to 8 years) from Monday to Friday; 4 hours daily

Basic reading and writing course

Introduction to reading and writing

Sets, numbers and basic arithmetic (addition - subtraction)

Forms and colours, plastic arts, music

Drama, Games.

The teaching method used is mixed: the "Global" method which allows rapid and intuitive understanding by stimulating the child's perceptive field, and the "Analytic" method.

  1. Course (from 8 to 15 years) from Monday to Friday; 4 hours daily

Development of reading, writing and communications faculties.

Use of a vocabulary

Multiplication - division

Plastic and colouring experiences, music, drama, games

Health and sex education.

For the children official recognition of their education is extremely important and for this reason they have been registered in the local school district where they will undergo the regular exams. For this reason the education program will include that supplied by the district educational authorities.

Course for adults: twice a week for 2 hours

Reading, writing and sums

Health and sex education.


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