Children leaving school at lunch time. CIEP José Varela in Lapa.
During the government of Leonel Brizola as Governor of Rio de Janeiro starting in 1983, many schools were built in different areas of the state of Rio de Janeiro. Concept designed by Oscar Niemeyer, all were built using pre-cast concrete pieces and carry the same characteristic appearance, with oval shaped windows.
Brizolão is an unofficial name to any of these schools but it is still a well-recognized term one can use when referring to one/or a group of these many public schools.
CIEP is also another way of referring to these schools and the acronym means: Public Education Integrated Center. The initial plan, which was discontinued by later governments, was to have kids in school full time, providing not only education in terms of prudential classes but also opportunities for sports, arts and even medical assistance.
Truly feels like carioca society gave a few steps backwards when the program was put on hold.
Photo taken on 05/Jul/2016.