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Rio teacher brightens up students' lockdown with surprise visits for hugs04:47

Rio teacher brightens up students' lockdown with surprise visits for hugs

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
August 11, 2020 at 15:32 GMT -00:00 · Published

Maura Cristina Silva is a teacher from the Realengo neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro. Maura has been paying visits to her pupils to offer physical contact and a huge smile to the kids stuck at home due to the COVID-19 social restrictions in Brazil. Maura was seen paying a visit to a number of her pupils in early August, evidently bringing a touch of joy to their day.

"When they saw me arrive they wanted to hug me. I was telling them to wait, that I had to put the protection on first. Some cried, and I would cry too. They did not want to let go. That was with all of them, not wanting it to end," explained Maura who has been paying visits to her pupils wearing a self-designed protective suit to have closer contact with the kids during the pandemic.

So far Maura has paid visits to 50 of her pupils, who have reacted positively to Maura's visits and the sweets that she brings along. "I could say that all of those students have transformed my life. I believe in affectionate teaching. I dedicate all my days to it," added Maura.

Brazil has been one of the countries worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The country passed a total of three million confirmed cases last weekend. There have been 101,857 virus-related deaths nationwide.

NOTE: *MUSIC AT SOURCE MAY BE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT*

Rio teacher brightens up students' lockdown with surprise visits for hugs04:47
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Maura Cristina Silva is a teacher from the Realengo neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro. Maura has been paying visits to her pupils to offer physical contact and a huge smile to the kids stuck at home due to the COVID-19 social restrictions in Brazil. Maura was seen paying a visit to a number of her pupils in early August, evidently bringing a touch of joy to their day.

"When they saw me arrive they wanted to hug me. I was telling them to wait, that I had to put the protection on first. Some cried, and I would cry too. They did not want to let go. That was with all of them, not wanting it to end," explained Maura who has been paying visits to her pupils wearing a self-designed protective suit to have closer contact with the kids during the pandemic.

So far Maura has paid visits to 50 of her pupils, who have reacted positively to Maura's visits and the sweets that she brings along. "I could say that all of those students have transformed my life. I believe in affectionate teaching. I dedicate all my days to it," added Maura.

Brazil has been one of the countries worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The country passed a total of three million confirmed cases last weekend. There have been 101,857 virus-related deaths nationwide.

NOTE: *MUSIC AT SOURCE MAY BE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT*

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