The Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC) sanctions the Curricular Guidelines for Primary School
On 9 December the Minister of Education, Fernando Haddad, sanctioned the new National Curricular Guidelines for Primary Education. The guidelines stand for a paramount contribution toward improving the quality of education offered to 34 million students attending primary school - which now takes nine years - in Brazil.
Among the novelties, the guidelines establish that literacy and writing skills should be granted to all children of up to 8 years old. Teachers, schools, families and authorities should provided the required and sufficient means to prevent children from failing due to shortage of knowledge, notably in the first three years that should be conceived as a pedagogical and continuous block.
The concepts, conceptions and new curricular guidelines resulted from intensive and broad discussion held through national public hearings, supported by leaders and experts from the Ministry of Education and the Basic Education Chamber of the National Education Council (CNE), with Cesar Callegari as rapporteur.
The National Curricular Guidelines for Primary School incorporate the concept of education quality built by UNESCO, and disseminated through the publication "Educação de qualidade para todos: um assunto de direitos humanos" (Brasilia: UNESCO/ OREALC, 2007).