Technical and Vocational Education in Brazil

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There is a need to promote Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Brazil to prepare youth for employment, to enhance the economic growth, and to reduce poverty.

TVET can link education to the job market. It deals with economic, social and environmental issues by helping young and adult students to develop their necessary skills to get jobs, decent employment, as well as to develop entrepreneurship. Thus, TVET promotes equal, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth besides providing assistance to the transitions to green and digital economies.

The integration of upper secondary education in TVET can make the bridge between education and the job market. It is important to highlight that integration between secondary education and professional and technical education have recently begun in 20 of 27 Brazilian federative units, particularly in the Northern and North-eastern regions of the country.

UNESCO supports actions related to the development of competencies of educational managers and technical teams responsible for educational planning and for actions to improve access to education and permanence of students in schools, in order to improve efficiency and efficacy of technical and vocational education offered to the Brazilian population.

Since 1997, TVET has been one of the basic axes in actions of UNESCO Brasilia Office. Its focus has been in actions to disseminate ideas, to promote discussions, and to offer subsidies to define public policies that can effectively answer to social needs and that can contribute to the Brazilian educational system's improvement.

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