A four-week program for 30 educators from Guinea-Bissau from different educational backgrounds was held at the Universidad Federal do Ceará (UFC) in Fortaleza, Brazil, in late August-early September. The program was part of a movement by the Brazilian government aimed at creating a public higher education system in Guinea-Bissau, one of several Portuguese-speaking African countries with which UFC is involved.
Professor Helio Barros, an advisor to the Brazilian Minister of Science and Technology, visited the February 2010 session of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute and worked with faculty members to develop a program based on the FAIMER model, but tailored to the specific needs of Guinea-Bissau. Participants completed one-week rotations at different schools at UFC, supervised by invited faculty members from UFC and other Brazilian universities. Over the course of the program, they prepared and presented six projects that they will continue in groups upon their return to Guinea-Bissau.
Henry Campos (PHIL 2002), Co-Director of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute, reports that the transformation of the participants over the four-week program was very impressive. He states that the program is further evidence of the power of the FAIMER strategy and exemplifies its ability to be used in a variety of settings.