OREANDA-NEWS. September 30, 2016. Brazil’s Porto Alegre Municipality will improve childhood and fundamental education quality with a \\$80.8 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The project is expected to expand and advance children learning and fundamental education in the southern city, benefiting thousands of schoolchildren through the opening of more than 10,000 vacant positions as a result of infrastructure improvements in several establishments.

In addition to its facility-enhancement efforts, the program will support moves aimed at achieving integral improvements in education quality in order to advance children’s performance within the framework of an academic results-oriented educational management system.

To this end, a basic education curriculum redesign will be implemented that will include the adoption of a single curriculum with articulated programs. This curriculum will focus on educational stages and cycles transitioning and will favor an integral learning approach.

The project will also finance the acquisition of computer technology for classrooms and other school areas. All municipal schools will be provided with broadband internet access, helping promote and implement innovative solutions that support the teaching and learning processes of school authorities, teachers and students.

In order to ensure the success of these initiatives, a project-management unit will be created within the Municipality’s Education Secretariat and management-support services will be provided to the institution.

The IDB’s loan is for a 25-year term, with a 5.5-year grace period, at a LIBOR-based interest rate. The program includes an extra \\$80.8 million in local counterpart funds.

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