17 Jun

PROEAC/UNIFAP: Integration between University and Community.

The rectorate from the Federal University of Amapá, where is location the PROEAC. Source: The Green Club.

The education is one of the principal facts that lead to the development of a nation. Many researches show that the investment in human capital (Education) is responsible for the large difference of productivity between countries. According to economist Menezes-Filho (2001), one of the biggest educational problems in Brazil is the short percentage of people that have the high school level complete that goes to the college.

Anyway, current studies show a get better in the educational level of the Brazilian nation, although this better has been still small when it compared to another countries in the same level of development of the Brazil. Then the admission to the college is very important in the process of personal and professional qualification of each person.

In the Amapá, the Federal University of Amapá (UNIFAP) is the biggest institution of higher education of the state. It was created by Federal Decree number 98997 in the year of 1990 and operates for 21 years forming professionals trained in the most diverse areas of the science. The University has currently 22 curses in your crate training and makes vestibular annually for the initiation of new classes.

Images of the Federal University of Amapá (UNIFAP). Source: The Green Club.

Currently, the University Extension is quite necessary for the complementation of the training of academics, as well as to the benefiting community for the activities undertaken by the university, because it’s drives to actions socio-educational and cultural. In the UNIFAP, the activities linked to the university extension are administered by the PROEAC (Pro-Rectory of Extension and Communities Actions), located within of the Campus Marco Zero of the University, it is administered by the Pro-Rector of the PROEAC, Sir Steve Wanderson Calheiros de Araújo.

Internal images of PROEAC, within the Rectorate of UNIFAP. Source: The Green Club.

The PROEAC has the finality to realize actions community and social reintegration through classes, computer classes and other activities, such as: the Pro-Student Sport and Recreation, which seek to bring the community into sports activities; and the Preparatory Course for people poor, which showed a high approval ratings in the vestibular of the institution. Furthermore, one of the actions realizes by the PROEAC is the project University of Maturity, according to Sir Gerson Vanderlei dos Anjos Gurjão, Assistant Coordinator of the University of Maturity of Amapá, the project goals is to reach a target audience above 60 years of age, with order to reinstate the old people to the society and bring more technical knowing to him. The activities are coordinated by professors from UNIFAP helped by monitors, who are students with greater prominence of each course and that have already completed the third year of college.

Sir Gerson Vanderlei dos Anjos Gurjão, Assistant Coordinator of the University of Maturity of Amapá (UNIFAP). Source: The Green Club.

The community is an assiduous participating in the activities realized by the PROEAC, the classes are always full of interested and the courses are quite productive. Therefore, actions of university extension are very necessary; because they take the students of the usual academic environment and bring him to reality of the professional life. Furthermore, with the knowing acquired while students and helped by the teachers of the institution, they have the opportunity to help the needy community of the city, providing news perspectives of growth and hope for those who found themselves unable to progress personally and professionally.

Participants of the actions realized by the PROEAC. Source: The Green Club.

Computer Classroom realized by the project University of Maturity. Source: The Green Club.

References:

Website from the Fedral University of Amapá (UNIFAP):  www.unifap.br

Menezes-Filho. A Evolução da Educação no Brasil e seu Impacto no Mercado de Trabalho. Departamento de Economia da Universidade de São Paulo. 2001.

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