Oi! Here’s the future in Brazil

Oi is the largest telecommunications telephone company in Brazil and is headquartered in Rio de Janeiro. Its corporate social responsibility arm is known as Oi Futuro, the main aim of which is to develop new technologies to transform the school environment and to train youngsters for the digital professions of the future.

The most widely-known Oi Futuro project is the Advanced Nucleus in Education, or NAVE, a methodology focused on gaming programming and web design and used in José Leite Lopes State College and the Cicero Dias State Technical School. In 2009 and 2010, Microsoft named these two NAVE units as two of the most innovative institutions of their kind in the world. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), which has provided systems for monitoring and evaluating NAVE, describes it as an innovative model for teaching new technology in public high schools. Says Oi Futuro education director, Samara Werner, “NAVE students have access to both a high school education and to disciplines required in a digital culture, such as game programming and sound and image design.”

NAVE’s learning methodologies are based on recommendations made by the Jacques Delors-chaired International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century, in its 1996 report entitled ‘Learning: The treasure within’. The Delors Commission proposed that four pillars of learning (i.e. learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together and learning to be) would be future “foundations of education” and “fundamental types of learning in the reorganisation of education in the 21st century”.

Oi Futuro has also established the award-winning Oi Kabum! School of Art and Technology, which offers about 400 students in Rio de Janeiro courses in graphic design, computer graphics, video, photography and web design. And, in conjunction with the Municipal Secretary of Education of Rio de Janeiro, Oi Futuro also developed Educopedia for schools – a platform of digital classes with support material for teachers, lesson plans, games and videos, aimed at making learning attractive and providing teachers with options to incorporate technologies into their classes.

Category: e-Education, Winter 2013

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