"The main goal of education is to create people who are capable of doing new things and not simply repeating what other generations have done."

- Jean Piaget

Who We Are

We are an international network of Open Learning Schools with an innovative educational proposal, of high performance and assured quality, based on solid values and with the experience of some of the best pedagogues in the world.

Inspired by Escola da Ponte (Portugal) and Escola Aberta de São Paulo (Brazil), this model of education departs from the traditional model, with no formal classroom structure with classes, subjects, and serial classrooms.

Our network is maintained by the Vermilion Group, which for 13 years has been dedicated to the education market, present in more than 9 countries and 4 continents, with a history of commitment and responsibility for the training of global citizens.

The people behind Open Learning

Where change in education has already been news

"The teacher is, of course, an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can profile or mold students. What an educator does in teaching is to make it possible for students to become themselves."

- Paulo Freire

Our purpose and values


You want to be part of a revolutionary pedagogy.
You want to be part of the same school as the founders of Escola da Ponte and Escola Projeto Âncora.
You want to be part of a School of international dimension and projection.
You don’t agree with today’s School and you want to be part of the change.
You want to be part of one of the largest education groups in Europe

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José Pacheco

Co-Founder and General Pedagogical Coordinator

“I don’t distinguish ‘early childhood education’ from ‘education.’ There is no such thing as special education because all education is special. ‘Childhood’ is an adjective, it’s about an education of childhood.”

José’s Story

A well-known pedagogue and educator, he is the founder of some of the most iconic and controversial projects in world education such as Escola da Ponte and Escola Projeto Âncora. 

A frequent guest of schools all over the world, his Ted Talks have been seen by over half a million people, and he is one of the most prestigious individuals in the world of education. Today he is the General Pedagogical Coordinator of the Open Learning School, which he considers the first and only school of the 21st-century.

Here are some of José Pacheco’s most iconic lectures

Edilene Morikawa

Pedagogical Coordinator

“One ‘learns by projects’ from the ‘dream’ of each child. Each one is respected in their individuality, learns according to their needs, in their own time, with joy, playing, creating, and reflecting on the meaning of this experience and learning.

Edilene’ Story

Founder of the well-known Escola Aberta de São Paulo, she brings with her over 20 years of experience in the world of education. With international experience in several markets, from Latin America to Asia, she was coordinator of Brazilian schools in Japan for 10 years.

In collaboration with Professor José Pacheco, she founded Escola Projeto Âncora, one of the most recognized and acclaimed projects in the world of education.

Now, as Pedagogical Coordinator of Open Learning in Brazil, her mission is to enable that each child can reach their maximum potential and be happy, through a pedagogy that is over 30 years old.”

Mónica Antunes

Executive Pedagogical Coordinator

“We see the school as a whole, in which learning takes place in a set of spaces, which include not only the home and nature, but also in the interaction with the community and the different realities existing around.”

Monica's Story

With vast experience in early childhood education, Mónica Antunes is the Pedagogical Director of Open Learning in Portugal. Throughout her professional life she has had the privilege of accompanying children from their early months up until 10 years old. Her volunteer work has taken her to Uganda, where she collaborated with educators in a local village.

Her experience in international schools, where she accompanied children who developed in a multicultural and bilingual environment, allowed her to witness the potential that comes from this.

André Rosendo


“Open Learning is a dream come true through the strength and inspiration of Jose Pacheco and the indispensable input of Edilene, our mentor.”

André's Story

With more than 15 years of experience in the education business, he has already created 5 international companies, all of them linked to the education business on 3 continents, among them the twice-awarded best agency in the world, OK Estudante.

A traveler and citizen of the world, he has lived in the United States, the United Kingdom, Macau, and Portugal, and considers international experience to be fundamental for the development of young people.

He is the founder of the Open Learning School and wants to make Open Learning the standard pedagogy in schools around the world.