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Ministry of Education has a new team to help schools in distance learning

With schools and universities closed, online platforms are now the new alternative for teachers and students. Thinking about the increasing use of these services, the Ministry of Education announced this Monday that as of this week, schools will have at their disposal the support brigade "We are on with schools" to support teachers and principals, composed of more of 100 professionals.

In the note on social communication, the Ministry considers it "imperative to adapt the teaching and learning process", due to the epidemic outbreak that the country is going through and which has already led to the declaration of the State of Emergency. Therefore, the institutions now have a team made up of teachers from the regional teams of Autonomy and Curricular Flexibility, ambassadors of E-twinning and Learning Laboratories, ambassadors of the Static and Arts Education Program and coordinators of the School Library Network.

The team's function is to ensure a close monitoring of schools, helping to collect good practices, but also constraints felt at this time when the teaching itself has to adapt. In this way, it is intended to support schools in an articulated manner with the central services of the Ministry of Education.

On the other hand, the "brigade" still wants to be constituted as "specialized support in some needs identified by schools, to allow a harmonization of tasks and procedures, and to guarantee that the networks of schools already established remain active", it can be read in the media note.

This Monday, the Ministry of Health also launched an instrument to support the directors of public and private schools, which intends to give "a more flexible and centralized response", available on the page "We are On – Support to Directors". The initiative comes after the associations of teachers and scientific societies are making available, in partnership with the Directorate-General for Education, educational resources and distance training.

This type of measures can be very important at a time when the COLIBRI distance learning platform continues to register an increase in the number of users every day, with 63,000 users in one day. However, not everyone has access to this form of education. A recent study by Arlindo Ferreira, a specialist in Education Statistics, reveals that 20% of the students surveyed do not have the means to access distance classes and do jobs that involve the need for a computer.