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Project wants to help fight school failure in Angola, Portugal, Brazil and Mozambique

A software to combat school failure, the MAPIE, is presented on Friday in Marinha Grande, in the district of Leiria (Portugal), with the promoter's ambition to reach "new markets", including Angola.

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By 2022, the internal goal is to grow about 50 percent and reach 150 school groups in Portugal. As for internationalization, the company intends to enter the markets of Angola, Brazil, and Mozambique.

Mapa de Alerta Precoce do Insucesso Escolar (MAPIE) succeeds SAPIE - Sistema de Alerta Precoce do Insucesso Escolar, a project of the Tempos Brilhantes association developed with researchers from the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Coimbra and implemented in 2018.

Since then, SAPIE has operated in 102 school groupings from north to south of Portugal, monitoring about 100,000 students from more than 60 municipalities.

The promoters estimate that the service has so far avoided 500 retentions, which means "savings equivalent to 1.8 million euros," add in a statement the heads of the now MAPIE, assumed as the next step in the "fight against school failure."

"More than the metrics," stresses Núria Costa, the company's public relations officer, "the balance is spectacular, because in the field we realized that in many schools the data collected by the system ended up making the professional life of teachers and school group directors much easier.

The computer solution has now been reinforced to define "even more rigorous risk profiles", adding health indicators and socio-demographic data to the algorithm that follows the American model, combining attendance, behavior, and performance.

Maternal schooling or social welfare status are some of the new information taken into account to, "in an increasingly refined way," anticipate the incidence of failure.

"We have listened to the various agents involved and built graphics that are better adapted to the needs, allowing access to information that was not otherwise available," reinforces Núria Costa, pointing out the "improved layout, the mapping of the territory, the creation of the MAPIE Municipality, and simplified interventions" as other novelties.

By cross-referencing all the information, MAPIE works as "a radar that monitors the risk indicators and generates early warnings", sending them to teachers, school group leaders, families, and municipalities.

With this evolution of the software comes also the bet on internationalization. MAPIE wants to reach "new markets" and incorporate "knowledge from the outside in.

By 2022, internally, the goal is to grow 50 percent and reach 150 school groupings. Abroad, the ambition "is to reach 200 school groups in Brazil and enter the market in Angola and Mozambique," says the company's manager.

MAPIE's presentation is scheduled for Friday, at 10:30 a.m., at Escola Secundária Eng. Calazans Duarte, in Marinha Grande.