A day in the life of… Eric Rodrigues

Utilising technology helped this history teacher in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to connect with his students and reduce the issues that exist in his classroom

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More than 40 kilometres stand between my house and the public school where I teach history, in Guadalupe, a suburban neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro. My journey to work includes two highways, a long car ride and a huge change in environment.

Emilio Carlos Municipal School has been open for nearly 60 years. It faces challenges typical of all schools in Rio. Teachers here are trying to educate a generation growing up amid drug trafficking, gangs, violence and socioeconomic inequality. Nevertheless, the school remains an important part of the community, attended by around 400 students between the ...

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