The first seven students from schools in the Umuarama Regional Education Center (NRE) selected for the Gaining the World program last year will set off for Australia this Thursday (25).
The students from the municipalities of Umuarama, Icaraíma, Alto Paraíso, Iporã and Alto Piquiri will spend six months in the continental country surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Oceans. They left their cities this morning and made their way to Curitiba.
Accompanied by Professor Rosa Mônica Matias, a pedagogical technician in charge of the program in the Umuarama NRE area, they travel by plane to the selected country. “They are very worried and full of expectations. It is a very emotional moment to see students and families say goodbye. I imagine it as a paradox, a kind of leaving with the desire to stay, a leaving with the desire to be together,” said the teacher OBemdito.
In addition to this group, two others are expected to travel to different destinations in the coming days. On Sunday (28th) it will be the turn of the students to travel to Canada. A total of 9 students from the cities of Umuarama, Maria Helena, Nova Olímpia, Icaraíma, Altônia, São Jorge do Patrocínio and Alto Piquiri will take part.
Among the exchange students is Letícia Sassi Ramiro, a student at the Colégio Estadual Lucia Alves de Oliveira Schoffen from Altônia. This morning, OBemdito spoke with the exchange student's mother, Adrieli Sassi, who shared a little about her daughter's dedication to her studies and her expectations for the trip.
After this Sunday's departure, the next one will take place on February 7th and 8th when another group of students travel to New Zealand. “Winning the World” is an exchange program created by the government of the state of Paraná and offered to students, teachers and educators in the state public education network.
The aim is to offer, in addition to cultural and educational experiences, academic training at foreign institutions, which can later be passed on to state schools in Paraná. A total of a thousand students from the country were selected to take part in the exchange