Telecurso is an educational program approved by the Ministry of Education (MEC) and adopted by many state and municipal governments in Brazil. It offers an acceleration program for elementary, junior high and high school students, and students in the youth and adult continuing education program (EJA); alternative to traditional schools in geographically isolated cities and communities; and scaffolding for instruction for students of all ages.
Over 1.6 million students have completed their primary and secondary education with the Telecurso program, an initiative of the Roberto Marinho Foundation in partnership with FIESP, the Federation of Industries of São Paulo. Approximately 40,000 teachers have received training in the Telessala teaching methods for Telecurso.
Telecurso has been adopted by ten states in Brazil – Acre, Amazonas, Bahia, Pará, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte and Rondônia – through partnerships with state secretariats of education and the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC).
The Telessala teaching method, based on best practices and concepts in education, has been used in classrooms since 1995. The method includes teacher training, support and evaluation to ensure the best results for each of the varied settings in different regions of the country.
Subjects are broken into units, with “education to develop the whole being” as the guiding theme. Students are engaged in dynamic educational activities and are encouraged to think critically and to play an active role in their learning process. Teachers incorporate arts into lessons to make them enjoyable and meaningful and facilitate learning with of a range of teaching tools, including books, films, TV, radio, the Internet.
Telecurso creates a logo for the program in each state that reflects the regional culture. Each regional program takes a name that is meaningful to the area, such as Poronga, Igarité, Ressignificando a Aprendizagem, Mundiar, Alumbrar, Travessia, Presença, Autonomia, Autonomia Carioca, Conquista, Salto and Azul Marinho. The Roberto Marinho Foundation also coordinates classrooms.
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).
The foundation forges partnerships with non-governmental organizations and has created a network to extend the reach of Telecurso and Tecendo o Saber (Weaving Knowledge), the latter of which is geared towards elementary and junior high school students. In 2014, the program added a new platform for communication, the web site telecurso.globo.com. The site provides access to video classes, lesson plans and instructions for use in a formal classroom or independent study.