July 29, 2021

Technology allows to take education to Brazil more remote and forgotten

Technology allows to take education to Brazil more remote and forgotten

A poster that celebrates the figure of the teacher in the isolated municipality of Autazes is a sign of the relevance that the training has in this forgotten Amazonian town that houses one of the pioneering schools of a project that uses technology to bring education to Brazil more remote .

To get to Autazes from Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas (north), it is necessary to cross two rivers, including the Amazon, and travel 100 kilometers of dirt road, although, as said in a videoconference with journalists the Minister of Education, Rossieli Soares, this town "is one of easy access, since there are others for which two or three days of travel are needed".

It is precisely the Amazonian orography that inspired in 2007 the project of the National Media Center (CNM), which, using the latest technologies, transmits daily live classes through a satellite and a television that allows interactivity between schools from around the country linked to the project.

One of these schools is the Raymundo Sá, located in Autazes and that, like the rest of educational institutions linked to the project, were equipped with antennas, monitors and computers, for the implementation of the technological educational strategy.

"It is an experience that was born in the Amazon to face the geographic problem of the area, and the question now is to take advantage of the experience and technology that exists in Manaus" to expand this project throughout Brazil, said Soares.

As an initial result, 10,000 students of the first, second and third series of high school in 42 municipalities of Amazonas were able to continue their studies in 2007.

This experience spread throughout the country, and today 150 schools in 17 Brazilian states are connected to these televised classrooms that are broadcast from the set of Manaus, where selected and specially trained teachers interact with thousands of high school students.

The project is the Ministry of Education and since July has the collaboration of the Roberto Marinho Foundation, a private entity that is responsible for the training of teachers and the design and development of class plans and television scripts.

Its promoters have the expectation of continuing to increase their areas of implementation in the coming years.

By 2019, the goal is to expand to another 350 public schools, install a new study of the CNM in Brasilia and get the adhesion of all Secretariats of Education to connect a total of 500 schools.

"Motivation is different," Renilda Peres, director of support for basic education networks of the Ministry of Education, told Efe, referring to the enthusiasm with which students attend the classes that adopt this proposal, which "was born with the aim of guaranteeing basic education, "said Peres.

Other fundamental goals of the CNM are, according to Peres, "to diminish geographic, economic and cultural barriers, disseminate knowledge and encourage interactive learning", by which a teacher in Manaus can teach a student from Bahia (northeast), that may be connected to one of Rio (southeast).

"It is a policy that brings cultures closer together, looks at all of Brazil and talks with it, creates knowledge for students from the entire country, is a collective production to promote quality education," said the general manager of education Roberto Foundation Marinho, Vilma Guimaraes.

Soares also stressed the importance of the figure of the teacher who acts as a mediator in this project and pointed out that "technology is a necessary tool, a complement that is impossible to replace the teacher".

This type of projects encourages students, encourages them to go to class and increases their interest in their education, some of them-from inhospitable areas, difficult to access, where education is not a priority-think even in the university, something Uncommon among young people and children in these areas.

One of them, Josian Cunha da Souza, a 16-year-old student at the Raymundo Sá school, told Efe that thanks to the initiative "they have access to new content that they had not heard about in their lives, innovative and technological terms", which, together with the interactive character of the classrooms, motivates and "helps" those who "do not like to study", he added.

"The fact that we do not travel, does not leave much, generates prejudices in some," that is why these classes are very positive because, "we have the possibility of expanding our knowledge, interacting with all of Brazil and knowing other cultures," he said.


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