The inspiration for the name of the program, Travessia (Crossing), came from Guimarães Rosa’s book “Grande Sertão: Veredas”. Over 210,000 students have completed high school in Pernambuco through Telecurso Travessia.
Telecurso was adopted in 2007 by the State of Pernambuco through the State Secretary of Education. Since 2010, it has also been implemented with elementary and junior high school students.
The program, part of an effort to improve the quality of education in the state of Pernambuco, has contributed to improvements in the public school system. The rate of age-grade distortion of secondary school students in the state dropped from 70% in 2006, to 4% in 2013. The rate of age-grade distortion among elementary and junior high school students decreased by 62.10%, to 35% in the same period.
The core Telecurso curriculum used nationwide is adapted to incorporate specific cultural characteristics of a given region where the program is implemented. Relating new information to students’ own experiences facilitates access to new content matter and enables students to take ownership of the learning process.
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).