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I started teaching Portuguese and French in March 1981, more than 40 years ago, at the then Liceu Gil Vicente in Lisbon. I was a teacher in a public elementary school (with a two-year private school period) for about 10 years, consecutively as casual (I did not receive a salary in July, August and September), temporary, acting-temporary and acting, by the statute that I received it a few days before graduating from public basic education in December 1990 to start working as an assistant trainee in the Faculty of Arts, where I still work as an assistant professor. I really enjoyed being a basic teacher, but I would not go back to that state, because it would require energy and vitality that I no longer have.

According to data from Pordata, 1,147,082 students were enrolled in regular primary education in 1971, and this number began to rise in 1976, reaching 1,528,011 in 1981. Peak primary growth (1,590,552 ). students) occurred in 1986, when the fall in fertility began to shrink the school population. In secondary education, we went from 25,726 students in 1971 to 172,180 in 1981, not to mention higher education, for which we only have data since 1978 …

The 33% increase in primary school population between 1971 and 1981 (38% to 1986) should have impacted education, which faced shortages of schools, equipment, school supplies, teachers and overcrowded high school classrooms. The population, which included all those whose families had never had the opportunity to continue their compulsory education, which lasted only six years, starting in 1964. And how many people completed it? All this justifies the fact that I started teaching when I was still in the 2nd year of the faculty, in the first school, where I went on a mini-competitive form.

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In 1981, at Gil Vicente, he taught 12 hours a week, taught French in the 7th grade and Portuguese in the 10th grade. In total, more than 30 students participated in the classes, even if they included students who clearly had serious developmental problems. Obviously, I did not have sufficient training to perform these functions, as did most teachers of that time, especially young ones, in Portuguese, French and mathematics. That is why I still remember and think about my students then and how little I and the school had to give them. Even today, I wonder how it was possible to get here.

I enjoy telling these stories to the younger ones, especially to my students who do not know (and cannot know) what Portugal was like 50 years ago and who, as such, have no protection from chronic detractors of the system, preachers of the misfortune of democracy and democratic institutions, fanatics of elitism and a stratified society, defenders of the “old was good”, opposing the freedom and rights that most of us acquired only after 1974.

Last week, we marked the beginning of a full-time school year in many ways, as if it were unique and important. So I wanted to share some strokes of a portrait of basic education in the capital of the country 40 years ago so that we never forget where we are from and where we are going. May we live every moment of the 2021-2022 academic year with the joy of (re) meeting and with the impatience of those who know that this will pass in an instant.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets Ptix.bm For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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CRISTANO RONALDO CAN MAKE UP A GIANT IN CARIOCA AND PORTUGUESE TECHNICIAN SAYS ‘There will be room’

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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