Hands for Peace: An Intercultural Experience, Brazil - Japan at the iEARN Conference


Almerinda Garibaldi

Educadores Globais/iEARN Brazil

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Almerinda Garibaldi

Almerinda Garibaldi has been the iEARN Country Coordinator for Brazil since 2004.

In 2008, she and a group of 4 teachers, founded Educadores Globais that represents the institutional "umbrella" for iEARN Brazil. That group hosted 2015 iEARN Conference in Brasília, Brazil.

Almerinda Garibaldi is a retired teacher of English, and she has been spreading the news about iEARN and Project Based Learning all over Brazil.

Hands for Peace was accepted in iEARN Platform in 2015, and since then, it  has been uniting different classrooms from many countries in order to expand the peaceful and fraternal values.

Mayumi Takizawa

Magome English Club - JHS Students

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Mayumi Takizawa

Mayumi Takizawa teaches English as an adjunct lecturer at Tokai University and Toyo Gakuen University and at several elementary schools as a guest teacher. 

She received her MA in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University.  Her research interests are in CLIL, English Education in Elementary School, and English for Tourism.

Hands for Peace is her first project in iEARN and she joined a teacher and students of English from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The results of the project were very positive because of Mayumi's dedication and commitment.

Claudia Batista

Centro Interescolar de Linguas de Brasilia

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Claudia Batista

Claudia Batista teaches EFL at the public school system in Brazil connecting students through PBL. She joined iEARN in 2008 and became director of Educadores Globais NGO with the aim to assist other teachers locally and internationally. She holds a degree in Social Communications, post-grad in Media in Education and her Master’s degree focus on Special Education Needs and Intercultural Communicative Competence. She is a facilitator of the project Hands for Peace in Portuguese and English languages.

Marcia Pinheiro

Centro Interescolar de Linguas de Taguatinga/Cilt

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Marcia Pinheiro

Márcia Gonçalves Pinheiro graduated in fine arts: Portuguese / English from the Federal University of Goiás (UFG) in Goiânia, Goiás (1995). She has post-graduation in Teaching and Learning of English as a Foreign Language at UFG (2003). She has been an iEARN member since 2003. She has worked with a great variety of iEARN projects. She has taken part of the first Adobe Youth Voices Summit, Stanford. Palo Alto, California (2008). She has completed the English Language Certificate Program for Brazilian Teachers (ELCP) (January 21 – March 16, 2012) at the University of Oregon in Eugene, EUA. She has completed The Teachers Readiness Improvement Pedagogy (TRIP) in 2017 in Greeley, Colorado, USA. Nowadays, she has been doing her Master’s degree at The University of Brasília (UNB).

Session Details

Type: Roundtable

Location: Room 1305

Date: Thursday

Time: 11:00-11:50 AM

This session is associated with a UN SDG!

This session relates to the Hands for Peace iEARN Project!

Session Description

In this session, presenters will invite the audience to express what gestures represent Peace in their countries. The presenters will make a short introduction on how the iEARN project Hands for Peace was first conceived, and how it was implemented before becoming an iEARN project. 

The co-presenter will also report how Hands for Peace impacted their students (video presentation and description of all activities). Then the group will have a discussion and ask and answer questions. To end the roundtable, the participants will be invited to print their hands with colorful paint on a Peace Flag.  

What will educators learn and be able to do at the end of the session?

  • Collaborate to create a culture of peace culture among teachers and students
  • Spread the news about the iEARN Project Hands for Peace (English, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Increase awareness about the the UN SDG number 4 (Quality Education) and number 16 (Peace, justice and strong institutions)

Session Resources

Hands for Peace: An Intercultural Experience, Brazil - Japan
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