Summary of the General History of Africa and contents for Early Childhood Education - launching event

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Within the Brazil-Africa: Crossed Histories Project, in response to the Law No. 10.639 of 2003 that directs that school systems should include the history of African-Brazilian and African cultures in basic education, two pedagogical materials in Portuguese are being launched on 21 March 2014:  “Síntese da coleção história geral da África” (Summary of the UNESCO General History of Africa Collection) and the book “História e cultura africana e afro-brasileira na educação infantil” (African and African-Brazilian Histories and Cultures for Early Childhood Education). In addition, an award on African short stories, entitled in Portuguese "Prêmio Curta Histórias", will also be launched.

The launchings take place during the event International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: The Role of Education from 8:30 am to 12 pm, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Education, in Brasilia. The initiative is a partnership between the Ministry of Education and UNESCO Brasilia Office. The event is open to the general public.

The “Síntese da coleção História Geral da África” is the summary of the UNESCO General History of Africa collection published in two volumes. It intends to provide subsidies to researchers and students, as well as to the pedagogical practice of basic education teachers. Its objective is to improve the quality of their knowledge in relation to the African history and culture. Volume 1 is divided in accordance to the four first volumes of the complete edition of the General History of Africa collection, approaching the periods since Pre-history to the 16th century. Volume 2 brings the same themes of the last four volumes of the complete edition of the HGA collection, covering the African history from the 16th century to the 20th. 

The book “História e cultura africana e afro-brasileira na educação infantil” is a critical tool available to teachers who are responsible and committed to the early childhood education, as well as to stakeholders who are interested in the education of a more just and equal country. The book contains solid contents to the training and knowledge building on the richness, differences and diversity of the African history and culture and its influence in the history and culture of the Brazilian people, especially in the African-Brazilian population. Through the pedagogical projects presented in the publication, community, as well as the other professional involved with the history, life and education of children can build activities and develop pedagogical practices that promote ethnic-racial equality.

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