The Family Farm School of Uirapuru (EFAU) is in the countryside, 3 km from Uirapuru in the state of Goiás. Its mission is to meet the needs of man of the field without him needing to leave for the big cities.
In 2012, a partnership was developed between the school, Afipe and the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer of Goiás, which has supported the institution to conduct a reform that was inaugurated in 2013. The work at the institution allowed the expansion of almost the entire structure: dormitories, classrooms, kitchen, dining room, recreation area and outdoor area.
The idea of creating the institution came from Redemptorist Missionary Father Casildo Ribeiro da Mota. He realized that the youngsters from the field needed technical training to contribute to sustainable human development and to their realities without leaving their place of origin.
In 1997, Father Casildo created the project and in 2004 the Family Farm School of Uirapuru was born. After two years of hard struggle, classes began in the parish hall of the local church. For the construction of the building, the EFAU team resorted to the Japanese Embassy – which at the time supported the project – and joined forces to start the works.
Due to the partnership with the Association, in addition to enabling the reform and the payment of wages, EFAU can keep today an engineer agronomist and a veterinarian, key professionals in the technical part of the school.
The support also enables maintenance and nourishment of the students, who do not need to pay tuition. Thanks to the help, teachers can also visit them on their properties and conduct training meetings with their families.
Since the start of this work, the Family Farm School of Uirapuru has trained several students. 15 days of the month, they remain full-time in school, which facilitates the displacement and frequency, since most of them live far away. The institution receives students from eight municipalities in the state of Goiás.
Students who have completed primary education are attended. Also older people who left school and wished to return to school life are allowed to enroll.
Eighteen employees, including teachers, administrators and general services staff work to meet the demand. The payment of wages is maintained by the city hall of Novo Mundo – neighbor municipality – and also by Afipe.
The high school offered by the Family Farm School is different from what is seen in traditional schools because it is integrated. There are three years of studies, in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd years, students enroll in High School and in Technical College. In the latter, all they learn is facing the countryside and the needs of the families who live there.
During the 15 days when the students return to their houses located in the countryside, their families fill out forms highlighting their main activities, difficulties and what can be improved. Thus the Technical Education is directed to these needs, which directly benefits the families.