Public schools will have an unprecedented course in data science

The year 2022 has begun and with it the implementation of the new high school has begun throughout Brazil. The law was enacted in 2017, but the new form of education is beginning to be implemented in public and private schools across the country. This new form establishes, for example, greater integration and flexibility in the curriculum and the offer of training paths. In this context, the Vivo Telefonica. Foundation, one of the leaders of the social field in the concept ESG in VivoLaunches the first technical and vocational training course in data science, in partnership with the Center of Innovation for Brazilian Education (CIEB), with the aim of supporting schools and public networks in the establishment of technical vocational education at the intermediate level, and offering training aimed at students in this area, in synergy with the new secondary school which is coming into operation.

The Telefônica Vivo Foundation offers an unprecedented course in data science in public schools

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The new training is expected to be 100% operational by 2024. From this month, schools will have to offer at least 1,000 hours of teaching per year, an additional 200 hours per year compared to the old curriculum . The new courses provide for the presentation of training courses organized by fields of knowledge, divided into: mathematics and its technologies, languages ​​and its technologies, natural sciences and technologies, and applied human and social sciences. There is also technical and professional training, and this is the scenario that corresponds to the route developed by the Telefônica Vivo Foundation. Thus, students will be able to choose a professional career during the three years of high school, by choosing the course.

The Data Science course offers young people the opportunity to better plan their careers in fields where there is evidence and which are experiencing an increase in the labor market. This initiative is being carried out in partnership with state education departments and, in the pilot phase, will serve 19 schools in three states: Espírito Santo, Mato Grosso do Sul and Santa Catarina. A data scientist is the technology professional who works in companies who manage, collect, organize and analyze data, which can be obtained through databases, internal systems, business intelligence tools, etc. The main role is to collect this data and make it available for analysis which contributes to the growth and development of the business.

The technical training in data science requires the achievement of three axes: data analysis, data management and big data, which can be achieved in a maximum of four years – the three secondary ones and one additional, if the student is interested in the expansion and introduction of educational systems. . However, the course can also be offered in an Initial and Continuing Education (ICE) format, where you take one core at a time and receive an intermediate certificate. Within each FIC there is also the possibility of creating only proprietary curriculum modules, in a format called “electives”. In this case, they are not choosing a data science course, but can relate to specific topics and get closer to the topic.

The initiative also provides for the training of network technicians and teachers in all the components of the program that will be offered to students, in order to ensure the necessary qualification in data science and to develop skills and capacities, such as data reading, analysis and discussion. , essential for future careers.

There is support from Fundação Telefônica Vivo for pilot project cases, but implementation support materials and full program details are available for any country also interested in providing training. To learn more about the Data Science technical training content, simply go to the company’s website and go to the project page

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