The program has been implemented in public schools in Rio de Janeiro since 2010. The Telecurso teaching methods, which feature subject matter in context and individualized attention for students, was first implemented with students who needed extra help in math. The Telecurso provides accelerated learning programs for sixth- through ninth-grade students.
The program is made possible by a partnership with the City of Rio de Janeiro, through the State Secretary of Education. Over 65,000 young people completed the program between 2010 and 2013. Over seven million students across Brazil have completed their primary and secondary education through Telecurso.
Since 2001, the Telecurso curriculum has been used as a reference for the National Exam for Certification of Competencies for Young People and Adults (ENCCEJA, by its Portuguese acronym).
The Telessala teaching method presents subject matter in context and motivates students to take charge of their learning. They are encouraged to reflect and approach learning in a dynamic way. Relating new information to students’ own experiences facilitates access to new content matter and enables students to take ownership of the learning process.