Ensina na Cozinha (Teach in the Kitchen) leads to the development of volunteers and people with disabilities
Teach in the Kitchen aims to provide the social experience of inclusion between volunteers and people with disabilities. It’s a corporate volunteer action that seeks to develop the skills and competences of both groups.
Under the guidance of a chef, volunteers and people with disabilities learn one or more recipes that are possible to be replicated in their personal routine at home.
During the program, the volunteer has the mission to make people with disabilities learning easier and encourage their autonomy and development to the maximum. During this process it is possible to perceive the breaking down of barriers to inclusion. While for the disabled, Teach is an opportunity for inclusion, meeting new people, honing their talents, learning to cook, communicate and organize.
Teach in the Kitchen during Colgate Cares Day 2019
The edition held in partnership with Colgate was an initiative aligned with the month of volunteering, “Colgate Cares Day”.
The action took place in the restaurant of the company’s office in São Paulo. Participants from 4 different groups were:
- Colgate volunteers;
- Students with and without disabilities at Escola Municipal Ana Maria (Ana Maria Municipal School);
- Students with disabilities at the Escola Municipal de Ensino Fundamental Prof. Millor Fernandes (Municipal Elementary School Prof. Millor Fernandes); and
- Students with disabilities at the specialized institution Instituto de Cegos Padre Chico (Institute of Blind, Father Chico)..
Chef Carlos Conceição guided the group during the recipes for stuffed savory bread and decorated fruit salad. The chosen recipes were intended to enable everyone to participate from beginning to end of the inclusive experience through cooking.
Children’s development in action
ASID Brasil is concerned with collecting the opinion on the action with everyone involved. A satisfaction survey was created so that children with intellectual and visual disabilities could respond to the action in the most possible independent way.
1) What did you think about your day today?
2) How are you feeling after today?
3)Did you learn anything new? What?
4) Was your day good?
The responses were:
- ASID 92% of the children stated that their post-action feeling was very happy and with friends.
- 100% of people with disabilities stated that the class was nice, and that they learned something new and that had a good day.
- 63% of children said* that they learned about oral hygiene
*this was a spontaneous comment by the children, there was no specific question for the topic.
- 97% of children said they learned how to make bread
- 7 children mentioned how interesting was the interaction with children with disabilities
Volunteers’ feelings after the action
At the end of the action, we asked the group about what was the feeling of each one at that moment. The responses were illustrated using the word cloud below. The size of the words is directly linked to the number of times the feeling appeared in the volunteers’ responses.
- 87 hours of volunteering
- 24 participant children with disabilities and 28 children without disabilities
- 29 Colgate volunteers
- 9,7 was the average satisfaction score with the action
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