The inspiration for the name of the Telecurso in Rio de Janeiro came from the title of a classic Cartola samba song (‘Autonomia’ – ‘Autonomy’), along with the ideas put forth by Paulo Freire in his book “Pedagogy of Freedom” (Freire’s book is used in teacher trainings).
The program is made possible by a partnership with the State of Rio de Janeiro through the State Secretary of Education. Since 2009, Telecurso has offered an accelerated learning program for junior high school students (sixth through ninth grade) in Rio.
Sixty three thousand students completed the program, which is part of an effort to improve the quality of education in the state of Rio de Janeiro, between 2009 and 2014. The state jumped from 15th on the Index of Education Development (IDEB) in 2011/2012, to third in 2013/2014. In 2009/2010, Rio ranked 26th of 27 states and the Federal District. Age-grade distortion fell from 60% in 2007, to 43% in 2011.
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. Connecting new information to regional and local contexts allows student to assimilate new information.
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).