How the Occupy School Movement is Pushing Connected Learning in Brazil

It’s 7 a.m. and a high school student wakes up on a week day. Instead of getting ready to take the bus to school, he is already there with his classmates. This is a common scene at Brazilian public schools. Students have taken over their schools as part of the protest movement called Ocupa Escola (Occupy School in English). The movement launched at the end of 2015 when the government of the State of São Paulo decided to close 93 schools and reallocate more than 311,000 students. At that moment, high school students started taking over their own schools and organizing protests to fight for their rights. After a month of occupations and a big event supported by hundreds of volunteer artists, photographers and media producers, Gov. Geraldo Alckmin decided to suspend the educational reformulation in that state.

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