22.07.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

SESI, UNESCO and IDB begin the development of a unique project on Free Education

The first public presentation of the project Free Education: Digital Learning for the World of Work (Educação Livre: Aprendizagem Digital para o Mundo do Trabalho), which is dedicated to the academia and specialists on free education and media and information literacy, took place Friday, 12 July 2013, at UNESCO Office in Brasilia.

The Project has the objective of creating a good-quality virtual knowledge centre, using the tools of digital and network environment to stimulate free education to all. However, it was defined as the target audience of the Project young people aged between 15 and 27 years-old, especially those that do not study nor work in order to have their productive inclusion in society. The Project was elaborated in partnership with the Brazilian Industry Social Service (SESI), UNESCO in Brazil and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It has a strong innovative component, especially in lowering the cost of access to information and its infinite capacity of multiplying knowledge.
The first announcement of the Project was published last week in the newspapers of Sao Paulo and Brasilia that have the largest national circulation, as well as in the UNESCO Office in Brazil website. The announcement aims at recruiting candidates for the elaboration of a theoric, methodologic and referencial document to implement the Free Education Project. The registrations can be made until 23 July 2013. Learn about the announcement of the project (in Portuguese): PROJETO 570BRZ5003 – Edital 03/2013, at http://app2.brasilia.unesco.org/vagasubo/index.php?option=com_phocadownload&view=category&id=1&Itemid=5.
The meeting at UNESCO also presented the Portuguese version of the publication “Media and Information Literacy” recently published by UNESCO Office in Brazil. The book presents a curriculum of media literacy for teacher training and education. It is a pioneer content for two reasons: First, because it presents a look at the future based on the actual trends of convergence between radio, television, newspapers, internet, books, digital archives, and libraries towards a single platform. Second, because it is dedicated to teachers and to the integration of the subject into the formal educational system, with potential do train millions of young people around the world.

The open access to the publication is available at UNESCO website at: http://www.unesco.org/new/pt/brasilia/about-this-office/single-view/news/media_information_literacy_curriculum_for_teachers_in_portuguese_pdf_only/

More information:

UNESCO in Brazil - Media Advisory
Ana Lúcia Guimarães
Phones (55 61) 2106 3536 and 2106 3535
E-mail: a.guimaraes(at)unesco.org

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