The 12th of October for landless children from all over Brazil is full of games, planting seedlings and debates, actions that make up the National Day of Landless Children. The event is held from October 9th to 14th, in family farming settlements spread across the country.
Promoted 29 years ago by the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST), this year the day brings together children to celebrate and root the history of struggle and organization of the Movement, which turns 40 in 2024.
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With the motto “Sem Terrinha em Luta: Long Live 40 Years of the MST!”, the event counts on the active participation of children in its organization. The program includes games, cultural workshops and a literary soiree, in addition to debates on permanent MST agendas, such as the fight in defense of rural schools, healthy lunches and school transport.
“During this Jornada Sem Terrinha, we continue to build solidarity, sharing seedlings, healthy foods with a lot of history and playing with our children”, details Daiane Ramos, from the MST state directorate in São Paulo and the sector’s childhood leader. of MST Education.
Planting trees during the journey is part of the MST’s national plan, which aims to plant 100 million seedlings in a decade. “We will still have activities on collecting seeds, how to produce seedlings and care for the forests”, adds Daiane Ramos.
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“Popular agrarian reform benefits small farmers and favors the recognition of the social value of land. Thus, landless MST children can make a great contribution, playing a fundamental role in organizing the struggle for land, as well as in the future of the fight for agrarian reform and quality public education in Brazil”, he assesses.
*With information from the MST Page