Learning cities in Brazil: São Paulo joins the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities
The city of São Paulo has joined the growing number of learning cities in Brazil which are members of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC). With a population of 11,253,503, and a local network of over 1,500 schools serving over 1,500,000 students, São Paulo is among the world’s largest urban areas and a hub of financial and cultural activities.
Renewing São Paulo’s educational activities
Endeavouring to renew its schools and education system, São Paulo is currently planning three main projects:
- to engage students in their neighbourhoods;
- to develop an improved Pedagogic Management System; and
- to establish an evaluation system for education policy.
São Paulo’s efforts to engage students in their neighbourhoods involve revising the municipal curriculum to incorporate measures which encourage students to collectively combine their school work with social intervention activities in their communities. The city’s work towards improving its Pedagogic Management System, particularly for basic education, consists of developing an online system which enables students to access lessons, schedules and their performance results from home. For the third key project, São Paulo aims to create a larger evaluation system for regional education policies, by, for example, basing the education system used in municipal schools on the Latin American regional education system.
By joining the GNLC, the city of São Paulo hopes to exchange experiences and facilitate dialogue with other cities with similar characteristics and difficulties, and that this will lead to improved policies on lifelong learning in São Paulo, in Brazil, in Latin America and beyond.