A Prized Brazilian Teacher Developed a Pedagogical Project for Empowering Women and Girls


“MSc Carolina Corado graduated from The Finnish-Brazilian VET Teachers for the Future -pilot programme from Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK) in 2015. Since then, she has been developing student-centered pedagogy in her institution and implemented an engaging learning project every year, where sustainability, participatory design, student activation and serving the community have been leading principles.

She has also been working as a pedagogical developer of teacher in-service training programmes for Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Rio Grande do Norte (IFRN). In 2017, she received a remarkable award “O Prêmio Professores do Brasil” in her state given by the Brazilian Ministry of Education regarding the recognition of inspiring and innovative pedagogical practices of public school teachers that contribute in a relevant way to raise the quality of Basic Education in Brazil (Ministério da Educação Brasil, n.d.). Carolina Corado was recognized for her engaging and challenging student-centered strategies, in which physical, emotional and mental well-being is paramount to the success of the learning process.

Photo: Carolina Corado

Her latest project “#disque108” concentrates on SDG 5 “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”. The main goal of the campaign was to share the knowledge with the school and local community members in order for them to be able to recognize abusive situations and how to proceed in case those are witnessed, experienced or both. The campaign was implemented in three phases: 1) dialogue and problem-based collaborative creation of multimedia awareness material, 2) implementation and dissemination of the awareness raising material, and 3) assessment of the campaign, the process and its results.

Photo: Carolina Corado

In the assessment phase, the students had the opportunity to evaluate the process and its results, as well as their collaborative learning. The students experienced that they had learned more than the study goals of the module; furthermore, they had learned several lifelong learning skills, such as co-operation, communication and problem-solving. According to the feedback survey, it was very important for them to work under the theme they felt important and topical. They were also very gratified that they had the opportunity to serve their community and manifest the leadership of positive change. Many of them stated they would get involved and take action that would continue throughout their lives.”

The text chapters are citations from an article written by Carolina Corado and Essi Ryymin, published in an open digital publication of Ammattikasvatuksen aikakauskirja 2018 / 5.

Read the whole article and Carolina’s project in detail from:

Corado, C. & Ryymin, E. (2018). Building Quality Education and Sustainable Future in Finnish-Brazilian Teacher Education.  Finnish  Journal of Professional and Vocational Education, Digital Special Edition 20(5), 98-104.

Carolina Corado da Silva Oliveira
BSc in Biology and MSc in Genetics and Molecular Biology, Senior Lecturer
Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Rio Grande do Norte

Essi Ryymin
Ph.D. in Education, Principal Research Scientist
Häme University of Applied Sciences


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