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We promote and enable playful, creative and relevant hands-on education opportunities for children and young people throughout Brazil

Brazilian Creative Learning Network

The Brazilian Creative Learning Network is a grassroots movement that implements playful, creative and relevant hands-on educational practices in schools and non-formal learning spaces throughout Brazil. To achieve that, BCLN organizes programs and events that give voice to thousands of educators, researchers, managers, entrepreneurs, artists, families and students from the whole country.

Fostering creative learning in Brazil

Leo Burd, Executive Director
“By fostering creative and relevant hands-on learning experiences, we empower children and young people to engage with the world in a more meaningful and active way.”

Leo Burd, Executive Director

What we do?

The Brazilian Creative Learning Network promotes and supports creative learning through a broad range of programs including:

  • Organization of local, regional, and national events like Festivals of Invention and Creativity, Scratch Days and the yearly Brazilian Creative Learning Conference;
  • Establishing regional hubs and task forces;
  • Pedagogic support through the design and implementation of resources and professional development workshops for educators;
  • Organization of year long fellowships to support emerging leaders and their projects
  • Creation of new tools and support materials;
  • Dissemination and exchange of experiences through meet-ups and online portal.

BCLNs approach empowers educators and school leaders while allowing for local adaptations, essential for succeeding in a country as large as Brazil. It fosters the buy-in of local partners including libraries, universities, social entrepreneurs and not-for-profit organizations. In this way, BCLN creates a vibrant reinforcing community of committed educators who bring innovation and playfulness back into the classroom and other educational environments.

Our approach has proven successful. In just 5 years with six full time staff members BCLN has reached 21,000 educators across the far corners of Brazil, from vulnerable communities in major urban centers to villages in the Amazon. With BCLN leadership, Brazil became the largest host of Scratch Days, a global initiative that fosters creative computing among youth. Through the systemic adoption program, the BCLN reaches out more than 2 million students in public schools.

Why we do it?

We believe that all Brazilians, since their early childhood, should have the opportunity to develop their creative potential and collaborate to build a more meaningful world. 

Learn more from the Brazilian Creative Learning Network MANIFESTO.

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Innovation Overview
Target Group
200 000
Tips for implementation
Creative learning practices emerge when we connect committed people together and give them opportunity to share and collaborate. We started with a simple email list and evolved through the organization of meetups, local events and workshops. Now we have 1000s of change-makers in our network.
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Creative Learning Network Brazil

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Festival of Invention and Creativity
Regional Hubs
Professional Development
Creative Universities
Creative Learning Systemic Adoption
Scratch & Creative Computing
Creative Learning Conference
Creative Learning Challenge


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Identify individuals and organizations
Bring together people and organizations that are already doing interesting work in education.
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Collaborate with them in designing initiatives
Create opportunities for participants to constantly share and learn from each other. Bring in existing models that can spark new ideas. Organize online and in-person meetings, increasing community growth and meaningful interactions.
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Promote the lessons learned
By highlighting what is already being done, we recognize local efforts, minimize the reinvention of the wheel, and grow a movement that is at the same time empowering to its members, respectful of regional characteristics, and sustainable over time.
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Keep tinkering, there's no recipe!
Be willing to engage in continuous reflection and build on the collective experience.
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