Brazil

"Brazil had the greatest increase of investment in education over the past decade, but we still face major challenges in financing education and we must continue making this effort…President Dilma Rousseff chose education, science, technology and innovation as a strategic priority of her government and its international agenda. Brazil is prepared to do everything within its reach to effectively put education on the agenda at a multilateral and international level." - Former Minister of Education Aloizio Mercadente

Brazil plays an important role in advancing education; domestically, regionally and internationally. The country has demonstrated considerable progress in education, particularly in their efforts to close the equity gap. This was achieved through top-level political commitment, backed by increased financing, targeted policies and innovative programmes.

Brazil is able to share its successful domestic experience with the international community. It is a pioneer in introducing innovative strategies to get some of its poorest populations into school; in turn improving their learning and reducing child labour. Initiatives such as the conditional cash transfer program "Bolsa Família" ("Family Stipend"), the largest of its kind in the world, have had significant effects on both school attendance rates, improved education outcomes and children's growth.

In responding to the challenges of job creation for the inclusion of young people into the labor market, the National Program for Access to Technical Education and Employment (PRONATEC), created by the Federal Government in 2011, integrates access to public and private technical and professional education opportunities. PRONATEC aims to offer opportunities to groups that are most vulnerable. As such, it prioritizes not only public school students and registered workers, but also beneficiaries of government cash transfer programs, workers under unemployment pay, people with disabilities, indigenous peoples and local communities.

The country also encourages stronger South-South Cooperation (SSC) in support of education. ABC, the Brazilian Cooperation Agency, interacts with more than 70 Brazilian institutions and runs projects in more than 80 countries. It shares valuable lessons on effective ways to exchange experience, build partnerships and develop joint policies and programmes.

For example, Brazil’s successful food purchase programme (PAA), inspired the creation of PAA-Africa, which now promotes food and nutrition security and income generation for farmers and vulnerable communities in the African region. Furthermore, as a resource rich country, Brazil facilitates policy dialogue on how to harness natural resource revenues for education and ensure their efficient, transparent and fair management. Revenues from natural resources, if used effectively, could help many countries reach EFA goals

Aid to education continues to increase in Brazil, targeting disadvantaged groups and supporting skills development. In 2013, Brazil passed a law that will reserve all of Brazil's oil royalties for healthcare and education. The new law stipulates that 75 percent of royalties will go to education while another 25 percent will be for health care. The amount of royalties expected over the next year is projected to be about $800 million.

Weblinks

Ministry of Education: http://www.brasil.gov.br/

Ministry of Education Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/ministeriodaeducacao

Ministry of Education YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ministeriodaeducacao

Ministry of Education Twitter: https://twitter.com/mec_comunicacao

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