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Pernambuco Institute of Education (IEP)

 Centre through State Decree nº 2,631 on 26 October 1972, which was based on Federal Law No. 5,692 of Guidelines and Bases for Education.

Pernambuco Institute of Education (IEP)

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By: Semira Adler Vainsencher - N/I

The Pernambuco Institute of Education (IEP) is located between Avenida Mário Melo and Parque 13 de Maio, in the neighbourhood of Santo Amaro, and was set up as an Integrated Centre through State Decree nº 2,631 on 26 October 1972, which was based on Federal Law No. 5,692 of Guidelines and Bases for Education.

From that date, the Institute has been dedicated to pre-school education and the teaching of primary and secondary education, and now includes five schools located in the same geographical area: the Ana Rosa Falcão de Carvalho Nursery School, the Sylvio Rabelo School, the João Barbalho School, the Sizenando Silveira School and the Cônego Rochael de Medeiros School.

The name Pernambuco Institute of Education was maintained because: 1. the IEP was a centennial institution, between the Modular Units of the establishment; and 2. Law 5,692 did not make any reference or comment on the use of the term, giving scope for it to cover other fields of professional activities besides the training of young people for the teaching profession.

The objectives of the IEP Modular Units were defined as follows:

Ana Rosa Falcão de Carvalho Nursery School – will offer pre-school education to children under seven years of age, seeking to develop their social, motor and creative capacities;

Cônego Rochael de Medeiros School – will offer education to children from seven to nine years of age, corresponding to the first three grades of elementary education, in a way that enables them to develop their social and intellectual capacities;

João Barbalho School – aimed at children from 10 to 14 years old, will offer education corresponding to the last five grades of elementary school, so that students acquire a humanistic education;

Sizenando Silveira School – aimed at adolescents between the ages of 15 and 18, will offer general education aiming at the continuation of humanistic education, begun in elementary school;

Sylvio Rabelo School – for adolescents who do their general education at the João Barbalho and Sizenando Silveira Schools, will offer theoretical and practical education aimed at: 1. the probing of skills and the initiation to work (in elementary school); and 2. the professional qualification of students in high school.

Supplemental education was also offered in the IEP to those adolescents and adults who had not completed regular schooling at the conventional age.

At present, the IEP complex is restricted to the schools Ana Rosa Falcão de Carvalho, Sylvio Rabelo and Rochael de Medeiros. Other reformulations undertaken in recent years were as follows: in the João Barbalho School, in addition to 5th-8th grade education, there is a high school; Sizenando Silveira School offers 8th grade and high school; the Sylvio Rabelo School offers 5th-8th grade education; and Escola Rochael de Medeiros now offers, in addition to the 1st to 4th grades of elementary education, special education and youth and adult education (supplementary).

Recife, 21 October 2004.
(Updated on 31 January 2008).
Translated by Peter Leamy, December 2016.

sources consulted

FRANCA, Rubem. Monumentos do Recife. Recife: Secretaria de Educação e Cultura, 1977.

PERNAMBUCO. Secretaria de Educação e Cultura. Projeto de reforma do Instituto de Educação de Pernambuco. Recife, 1973.

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Source: VAINSENCHER, Semira Adler. Instituto de Educação de Pernambuco (IEP). Pesquisa Escolar Online, Fundação Joaquim Nabuco, Recife. Disponível em: <>. Acesso em: dia  mês ano. Ex: 6 ago. 2009.