Perestroika: 5 creativity lessons in education

The worst school in the world, as it is self-called. Truth is, Perestroika is a reference in Brazil in terms of creative education and, little by little, is conquering the world – their courses have already been taken to Silicon Valley and Portugal. Founded in 2007 in Porto Alegre, Perestroika (which means reconstruction in Russian), aims to build a new education model, without following standards nor requirements from regulatory institutions. Besides Porto Alegre, the school currently has head offices in São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Rio de Janeiro and also offers a platform of online courses.

But what makes Perestroika different? We elected five curiosities of the school that are true lessons of creative education.

1- Classes for Nonconformists

Perestroika started because of the discomfort that the founders felt with so many young people unprepared to the labor market. In order to fill importante knowledge gaps, with skills that are not taught in universities or other educational institutions, the school offers diverse courses, from entrepreneurship to professional poker, from design thinking to financial psychology. One of the most long-standing courses in the school’s portfolio is “Chora PPT”, which teaches storytelling techniques for students to master the art of creating memorable presentations.

2- Not just classes, but experiences

At Perestroika, everything is possible (with a purpose, of course): a teacher wearing costumes, classes with eyes blindfolded, pole dance performance or professional photography shootings during classes. The school’s teaching methodology was developed by its team, based on successful experiences in Brazil and around the world. Named Experience Learning, the Perestroika way of teaching is focused on the students’ experience for a productive learning experience. The school openly shares its teaching methodology, which is divided in eight chapters and it approaches contextualisation, content, form, emotional engagement strategies and structure of course.

3- Student-centered teaching

Before the beginning of classes, Perestroika’s curators research about students on the internet and gather information about their interests and profile for teachers. The strategy helps to personalize the content and guarantee different experiences in each group.

In addition, students have the opportunity to teach mini-classes about any theme in order to share their own knowledge about it. There is also the interaction moments that mean much more than just a happy hour.

4- University Degree is not important

The musicians Morais Moreira, Liniker and Lenine, monk Coen, cook Alex Atala, former soccer player and coach Dunga, the artist Kobra, astronaut Yvone Cagle, all of them have been teachers at Perestroika. What matters for the school is the experience the person has in a subject or a job field and the ability to share the content in a surprising and thought-provoking way. The same goes for the students, everyone is welcome, regardless of previous experience or formal education.

5- Laid-back infrastructure

Old mansions, bars at school entrances, walls with artwork, spaces for music, gastronomy and art. At Perestroika the experience of creativity goes beyond class content and its found, literally, on the school walls. All to make students feel welcome and immersed in a cool environment, full of innovations and trends.

How did you like Perestroika? Also get to know a public school in Sao Paulo that is a reference in innovation.

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