Right to Education in Brazil

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Girl and child from Brazilian rural zone

Not all Brazilian citizens are in a position to fully exercise their right to high quality lifelong education. In spite of the fact that Brazil has had several advances in national educational legislation. And there is limited participation of civil society in the advocacy for the right to education in Brazil.

Educational legislation in Brazil is anchored in the concept of education as the right of all: children, adolescents, young people and adults.

Education – a duty of the family and the State – is aimed at the full development of the pupils’ potential, preparing them to exercise their citizenship and qualifying them for work.

To mention several Brazilian educational legislation:

  • The 1988 Constitution of Brazil, expressed in the Education Law (Lei das Diretrizes e Bases da Educação Nacional - LDB) and in the associated legal and normative devices like the Brazilian Education Plan.
  • The Education Development Plan (PDE) launched in 2007 by the Ministry of Education.

UNESCO develops and promotes universal principles and normative instruments based on common values to face challenges in the field of Education.

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