This commitment is to expand the Telecurso initiative to other states of the Brazilian Amazon Region and to continue the implementation of the 'Poronga' Project in the State of Acre by using Telecurso's methodology and materials, all of which have been conceived and developed by FRM. This project expansion will occur in Amapa and Amazonas States and will be implemented with the full support and participation of local education authorities.
The Telecurso initiative is composed of an unique combination of techniques and materials designed to address the very particular reality of adult students. In the Amazon Region, the implementation of Telecurso encompasses the application of content materials especially conceived to meet the needs of working adults who are engaged in the exploration of natural resources. Telecurso's dynamic methodology and flexible format were conceived to make the most of people's personal experiences and fit even the most irregular schedule. Considering the targeted audience, these are highly desirable features.
The implementation of the project is divided into Modular Sections with different disciplines that can be arranged according to specific conditions such as student background and official educational policies. Three modular sections are designated for elementary schools and four for secondary schools.
After teachers are mobilized by the State Education Secretariat, which is also responsible for all infrastructure arrangements, FRM starts the first Continuing Education Moment. In total, there are three Continuing Education Moments for elementary schools and four Continuing Education Moments for secondary schools, one for each Modular Section of the Project.
Each Continuing Education Moment consists of 40 hours of training using specially designed learning materials. During this period, teachers learn how to best apply Telecurso's methodology and materials to youth and adult education. After 120 hours or 160 hours of intensive training, teachers are expected to master project techniques.
Besides the Continuing Education Moments, each Modular Section has a Pedagogical Follow-up Moment, which may initiate at anytime during the Modular Section component part of the project. Its main purpose is to follow-up on project implementation. At this stage, real-world difficulties are identified, discussed, and solved thus preventing project hindrances.
At the end of each Modular Section, Management Meetings are held with FRM's education team and invited top school management to evaluate the implementation process. This is a supervised meeting, in which major issues such as resources re-allocation are discussed.
The project also includes the development and operation of the Virtual Environment, a monitored Internet portal over which all participants can constantly discuss ongoing work, solve problems, lend suggestions, or simply share experiences that contribute to the development of Telecurso.
SEEKING: Financial Resources.
The Roberto Marinho Foundationinvites financial partnershipsfrom CGImembers for the Amapá state and Amazonas state components as well as the expansion of the program to other Amazon Region states. . Partners are needed to fund the learning materials and the training process of local teachers.
OFFERING: Best Practice Information