The Telecurso program in Acre is named for the lantern used by rubber tappers to light their way through the forest. The program was started in 2002 and has become a reference for education in Brazil.
Telecurso addresses age-grade distortion, one of the greatest challenges in education in the country. The percentage of students out of phase in Acre dropped from 55.6% in 2002 to 30.8% in 2013. In addition, the state rose from last place on the Primary and Secondary Education Evaluation System in 2001, to third place on the countrywide assessment in 2013.
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 40,000 students have completed the Poronga program, which is made possible by a partnership with the State of Acre through the State Secretariat of Education. Over seven million students across Brazil have completed their primary and secondary education through Telecurso.