Data accounted by the Pro-book Institute in 2016 show that the average Brazilian reads 2.43 books per year and that 30% of the population has never bought a book. The reading incentive projects they are fundamental to form more conscious citizens, and can be an alternative to recreate this reality. Creating reading habits instigates aspects of creativity, in addition to improving people’s vocabulary and worldview. Thus, such an activity can transform the worldview inserted in different social contexts.
The institution Vida – Casa de Apoio da Granja Viana is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that provides various services to civil society. Currently, he works in the elaboration of several works, carrying out a total of 600 visits per month, in addition to having 80 volunteers, being distributed according to the demands imposed to collaborate in the production of activities.
Projects to encourage reading
The projects to be highlighted here will be those to encourage reading, coordinated by the NGO and carried out in the municipality of Cotia / São Paulo. The action is called “Todo Dia é Dia”, and its target audience is children aged between 6 and 15 years old, who are quoted to participate in the project through the Social Assistance Reference Center (CRAS) or who are experiencing another type of social vulnerability.
The reading circles are organized weekly and separated by age groups of 6 to 8, 9 to 11 and 12 to 15 years, respectively. The methodology used for minors presents the books with illustrative figures for the children to follow and make use of their imagination. For adults, educators bring them closer to readings, such as, storybook with folklore, poems, poetry, verses and tongue twisters. Thus, aiming at group discussions, and even theatrical presentation on the topic addressed, in order to generate opinions and critical sense.
The impacts perceived during the workshops show how satisfactory and necessary it is to compose actions like these in the country. According to the teacher, Rose Okamura, “these are wonderful results, as children have access to the world of wonderful expectations and experiences that only books bring, and reading is gradually refined and often an object of desire for the knowledge of other cultures (…) ”.
The project also receives donations of books to be used for the benefit of children, seeking improvement in the various forms of learning, free access to periodicals, in addition, causing encouragement for beginners in the literacy process.
Teachers participate in addition to acting in reading circles, collecting data that will later be passed on to the institution’s psychologist, aiming to outline the profiles of those who present themselves with greater difficulties, so that they have detailed service with the volunteers.
According to one of the institution’s educators, who previously enjoyed the projects, Anderson Freitas reports that this action can significantly influence the practice of reading, thus, it becomes adopted as a habit even for environments outside those of the institution, like the family environment, for example. Thus, he comments that “the reading wheels reveal the importance of the child reading better, writing better”.
The importance of social projects that bring books close to children is necessary, thus showing adults the importance of habit for personal growth and for the cognitive construction of children. According to Okamura, “It is essential that we allow users to relate to reading and books in a consistent and pleasant way, making them discern between what happens in their daily lives and the way in which other countries contemplate their history, and thus , are better prepared to live in society ”.