Telecurso Azul Marinho (Navy Blue) provides members of the native ‘caiçara’ (people who live on the seacost) community with the opportunity to complete their elementary and junior high school education. Many communities are situated along a very rugged coastline and are accessible only by boat. Some are located up to four hours from the city center.
Telecurso is implemented in partnership with the City of Paraty. Named after a typical fish dish of the region, the program is in place in six communities in the Paraty area.
The Telecurso curriculum incorporates aspects of local culture into lessons. Relating new information to students’ own experiences facilitates access to new content matter and enables students to take ownership of the learning process. Teachers are facilitators of learning. They use a range of teaching tools (books, films, TV and radio programming, the Internet) and incorporate art into the curriculum to involve the students and promote cooperation among students.
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).