The internet has allowed a school to sprout in a remote area of the Amazon where teachers tend not to linger due to harsh living conditions and a scarcity of students.
Teachers in Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, conduct lessons streamed to students in the village of Tumbira using an internet connection made possible with a generator-powered radio signal.
Tumbira classes take place in the afternoons and evenings, when the generator runs and there is power for the internet.
Children intently watch teachers on flat-screen monitors equipped with Web cameras that let distant professors see students, peruse homework or follow exercises in classes.
Local teachers sit with students, answering questions and helping with assignments.
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Homework is done at school, which features a library, internet and assisting teachers like dos Santos.
Students also work in vegetable gardens and learn about sustainably harvesting trees and working with wood.
“The goal is to have students learn skills that they can take back to develop within their communities”, Garrido said.
There are also computing and internet classes, with students required to maintain a “Passion for the Amazon” blog and upload digital photographs. Students boasted email and Facebook accounts.
The school has support from FAS, along with a non-governmental organization devoted to keeping alive the stories and culture of Amazonian people.
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