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Tuesday, 4 December, 2001, 09:14 GMT
Hi-tech global cycle ride
Argus Caruso Saturnino with children, Argus Caruso Saturnino
Aim to bring the world to Brazilian schoolchildren
Riding a bicycle packed with the latest technology, a Brazilian adventurer is going to use the internet to teach schoolchildren about historical trade routes.

Architect Argus Caruso Saturnino is planning to cycle about 30,000 kilometres (17,000 miles) across 29 countries in 30 months, and send back text and photographs about the history, geography and people along the route to schools in Brazil.

We'll translate the material into English and French and open the doors of this project to the world

Argus Caruso Saturnino
The project, called Cycling and Education, brings together one of the earliest means of transport with the world of hi-tech.

"I will carry a laptop and a digital camera," said Mr Saturnino. "I will send the material back to base in Brazil and they will put text and photos on the web or send it directly to public schools," he told the BBC programme Go Digital.

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"We have 250,000 public schools but just 5,000 have computers," he explained, so some of the material he collects will be printed and distributed on paper to schools instead.

Long journey

The first stage of his journey, which started on 1 December, is taking him along the ancient Inca route of Latin America, through Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru.

Argus Caruso Saturnino, Argus Caruso Saturnino
Argus Caruso Saturnino: Ambitious journey
He then plans to fly across the Pacific to Asia and trace the route followed by Dutch and English traders from the West Indian Company in the 17th Century.

He will then follow a trade route through Central Asia, used as an alternative to the Silk Road, which linked China to Europe. For the final route, he will trace the journeys taken by caravans of the Roman Empire across North Africa.

The project is not just aimed at Brazilian schoolchildren.

"We'll translate the material into English and French and open the doors of this project to the world," said Argus Caruso Saturnino.

"I'm trying to set up other languages such as Arabic as a lot of places I shall be passing through are Arabic-speaking."

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Argus Caruso Saturnino's planned route


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