Bring Quality Education to 50MM Brazilian Children

by Todos Pela Educacao
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Bring Quality Education to 50MM Brazilian Children
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Bring Quality Education to 50MM Brazilian Children

2nd Quarter 2021 Report

Check out what we did together this quarter.

Drawing attention to the brutal impacts and creating a sense of urgency for a safe and effective return to in-person classes was (and will remain) in the center of our attention.

After nearly a year and a half of schools closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, 22 states finally decided to resume in-person classes last quarter. Still, Brazil is one of the world record holders for closed school days. The damage is not just for learning. The impact, as we have highlighted, is most cruel for the poorest families. In this scenario, producing knowledge, mobilizing, monitoring is critical. It's crucial. And for that, we seek to occupy spaces and raise debates with the widest possible spectrum of actors, always with the urgency that the moment imposes on the scenario of Basic Education in Brazil.

We participated in a meeting with governors, managers and entities to strengthen a national pact for a gradual, safe and effective return. We also built training, articulation and advocacy initiatives to improve the quality of Public Basic Education, with the support of important partners. We monitored the progress of vaccination among professionals in the education sector, the positioning of decision makers in the debate on safe return to school - themes that were at the center of the agenda along with issues on budget, homeschooling, internet access and the lack of a centralized articulation and able to move us forward.

We work with governors, managers and entities to strengthen a national pact for a gradual, safe and effective return to classes. Our launch of the Commitment to Education Program, among other objectives, aims to support municipal managers in resuming classroom classes and strengthening the educational system in the post-pandemic period. In addition, we released the unpublished report with the OECD, which, among other issues, drew attention to the brutal impacts of the pandemic and the need for a corresponding response.

Our mission is to change change for real the quality of Basic Education in Brazil, and for this we produce knowledge, compile and analyze data and information, make diagnoses, and, always based on evidence, formulate public educational policies. In recent months, we have consolidated and published guiding reports that elucidate and present paths for Basic Education in Brazil.

STUDY OF TECHNOLOGIES FOR AN EQUITY EDUCATION: A NEW HORIZON FOR BRAZIL

We launched with D3E (Data for a Democratic Debate in Education) and the Transformative Learning Technology Laboratory, at Columbia University (USA), the study “Technologies for an education with equity”. The study uses the guidelines of Educação Já! to recommend a new strategy for the use of technologies in Brazilian Education. Four areas are deepened throughout the document: the definition of a national strategy, the training of people, educational data and inputs. The Covid-19 pandemic has made an in-depth debate about the role of technology in Education even more urgent. And the report shows how pedagogical practices with technological support go beyond remote learning. So that Brazil is prepared to deal both with emergencies and with everyday life, the publication emphasizes the urgency of this debate so that it reaches a national level strategy providing a broad, participatory, democratic and scientific knowledge-based educational technology.

REPORT ON EDUCATION IN BRAZIL – AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

The OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), with technical support from Todos Pela Educação, produced the report Education in Brazil: an International Perspective, which provides a detailed analysis of the performance of the Brazilian educational system in relation to comparatively relevant countries, including those of Latin America. The document also proposed ten steps for the country to improve the quality and equity of educational outcomes.

TECHNICAL NOTE: NATIONAL EDUCATION SYSTEM

In order for Brazil to have a National Education System, we developed the Technical Note that defends the system and brings essential points to your institution. The Technical Note brings guiding dimensions for the proceedings in the National Congress, in order to qualify the debate on the regulation of the (SNE).

In order to support managers and decision makers with accurate information and analyses, we publish several documents and take a stand on key issues and events in the sector over the past few months.

We release a preliminary analysis of the approval of the Annual Budget Law, the LOA, for 2021. In it, we point out that without consolidated data it is not feasible to talk about cuts or increases for Basic Education, but if the National Congress approves non-compliance with the Golden Rule, there would be a readjustment of 1.7% in the MEC budget compared to 2020 – indicating a real decrease in the budget when corrected for inflation.

Occupying spaces in the public sphere in order to prioritize the debate about the importance and urgency of quality Basic Education in Brazil is one of the focuses of our work.

GOVERNORS PACT IS FUNDAMENTAL FOR THE SAFE RETURN OF CLASS CLASSES

We inaugurated our monthly column on Poder 360! With the article by our executive president Priscila Cruz about the governors' pact for the return to in-person classes.

NATIONAL EDUCATION SYSTEM

The survey by Todos, FGV e Movimento Collabora on the urgency of creating a National Education System was cited in a column by journalist Renata Cafardo at Estadão.

JOINT TODOS AND HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH INITIATIVE

The joint initiative of Todos and Human Rights Watch on the failure of the Brazilian government to respond to the educational emergency in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic had great repercussions.

TECHNOLOGIES FOR AN EQUITY EDUCATION

An article by TLTL, a laboratory at Columbia University, on the study “Technologies for an Education with equity: a new horizon for Brazil”, produced with the support of Todos, was featured in Nexus.

REPORT ON EDUCATION IN BRAZIL

Olavo Nogueira Filho, executive director of Todos, spoke to G1 about the report produced by the OECD with the support of Todos: “Brazil will have serious difficulties in moving forward if it does not shed light on inequality in Education”.

In recent months, we have witnessed the aggravation of the already known and debated challenges for educational management brought about by the pandemic. The lack of coordination on the part of the public administration and the delay in combating the direct and indirect effects of the crisis further reinforce the need for mobilization and action on the part of civil society.

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

Therefore, in a webinar, we launched the Legislative Agenda, a document with recommendations on what should be at the center of attention of the National Legislative in 2021, so that Congress can contribute decisively to the present and future of Education Brazilian basic. A combination of urgent and structuring agendas to help qualify the debate and encourage parliamentarians to discuss and advance what evidence shows to be a priority for the Country in Education.

COURSE MANAGEMENT AND PUBLIC POLICIES IN EDUCATION

Todos Pela Educação and Fundação Getúlio Vargas together held the Management and Public Policies in Education Course, focusing on parliamentary advisors from the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.

COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION PROGRAM

In partnership with party foundations and municipal entities from all over Brazil, Todos launched the Commitment to Education Program, a supra-party initiative, focused on disseminating “Educação Já Municipalities”.

UNICEF BRAZIL AND ALL FOR EDUCATION

We also participate in LIVE Educação Já! And for everyone!, who dealt with equity on Education Day, alongside Italo Dutra, head of Education at UNICEF in Brazil.

EDUCATION COURSE ALREADY MUNICIPALITIES AND COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION SEAL

Finally, we launched the Educação Já Municipalities Course, in which municipal managers can guarantee their participation free of charge. The training offers technical support for the construction of a plan to reopen the schools, in parallel with the structuring of a quality educational system in the municipality. In addition, it will present inputs that will help managers to organize a work plan for the Departments of Education. Those who complete all the steps will be awarded the “Commitment to Education Seal”. The project is part of the Commitment to Education Program.

DONATE A+ SEAL

We got top marks and received the Doar A+ seal, provided by Instituto Doar to highlight civil society organizations that work with professionalism and transparency.

From the door in:

WORKPLACE

We made the implementation of the workplace, a transformation in the way we communicate internally that aims to get everyone together and connected! With this, we gain a common online environment, effective and affectionate, which respects and does not invade the personal lives of employees.

DIVERSITY COMMITTEE

To keep our team engaged, the Diversity Committee provided the team with a Think Olga / Think Eva training on “Unconscious Biases”. It was an enlightening moment, in which we dealt with important themes such as machismo, capacitance and homophobia. Change starts from within!

Thank you very much!

Todos Pela Educação
All for Education

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JUNE 11, 2021
Brazil: Failure to Respond to Education Emergency
Budget Cuts, Disastrous Covid-19 Response Leave Millions out of School

 

(São Paulo, June 11, 2021) – The Brazilian government has failed to address the huge impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on education, leaving millions of children with little or no access to school, Human Rights Watch and Everyone for Education (Todos pela Educação), said today.

More than a year after the government ordered the initial closure of schools due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Education Ministry urgently needs to increase support to states and municipalities to guarantee remote education, including online learning, and a safe return to schools, the groups said.

“School closures have affected the most economically vulnerable children most severely,” said Anna Livia Arida, Brazil associate director at Human Rights Watch. “The government needs to put education at the center of its Covid-19 recovery plan, restore the education budget, and spend those resources to ensure that millions of children, especially those at a greater risk of dropping out, are able to study.”

According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), 5 million children between ages 6 and 17 in Brazil didn't have access to education in November 2020, the worst situation in two decades. More than 4 million of them were enrolled in schools but had no remote learning or in-person classes in 2020. School closures affected children unequally, with the greatest impact on Black or Indigenous children and adolescents, and those from lower income households.

A Parliamentary Monitoring Committee that examined investment and expenses by the Education Ministry in 2020 found that there was “an abrupt and inexplicable decrease of federal resources in different areas of education, in a year in which the federal education budget should be revised to address new challenges, such as student connectivity and implementation of health protocols.”

Globally, school closures, coupled with families’ loss of income and jobs, will almost certainly lead to a higher school dropout rate, more child labor, greater food insecurity, and increased exposure to violence and exploitation for children, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported. It warned that higher dropout rates will have long-term effects on children and on the economy, resulting in lower wages and a reduced quality of life.

According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística, IBGE), an official entity, 16.6 percent of children and adolescents living in households with per capita incomes of up to half of the minimum wage had no access to education, while among households with per capita household incomes of 4 or more times the minimum wage, the percentage was only 3.9 percent. Also, 46.7 percent of children who had no access to education last year were living in the economically marginalized North and Northeastern parts of Brazil.

In Brazil, fewer than a quarter of all students dedicated three hours or more a day to school activities in September, a study by several nongovernmental organizations showed. Almost 5 percent of students in primary school and more than 10 percent of high school students reported in January that they had dropped out of school.

Before the pandemic, 4.1 million students in Brazil had no internet access. There is little chance that this situation will improve without federal support, said Human Rights Watch and Todos pela Educação, a Brazilian group that seeks to improve the quality of public education in the country.

The federal Education Ministry has failed to spend money already available in the budget for projects that could have helped minimize the consequences of the pandemic. The Education Ministry has the legal authority to coordinate national education policy and to provide additional funding for education to states and municipalities. However, it has done little to fulfill its responsibility to coordinate with states and municipalities to reduce inequalities during the pandemic.

States and municipalities have mostly faced the problems of adapting activities for remote learning alone, as well as implementing health protocols and other measures needed to safely reopen schools. They have struggled in particular with adapting activities for students with limited or no access to the internet.

The Education Ministry had for Primary Education a R$ 48.2 billion budget for 2020 but spent only R$ 32.5 billion, the lowest amount in a decade, Todos pela Educação found. The Education Ministry also reduced spending on its Connected Education program, which aims for universal access to high-speed internet in basic education. It committed only R$ 100.3 million to the program, the Parliamentary Monitoring Committee reported, less than half of what it had allocated the previous year.

For 2021, President Jair Bolsonaro “blocked” or froze R$ 2.7 billion, or almost 20 percent, of the education budget. Milton Ribeiro, the education minister, supported a presidential veto – later overturned by Congress – of a bill that would have provided emergency funds to increase access to the internet for both students and teachers.

The Covid-19 pandemic affected the education of millions of children worldwide, but the Brazilian government’s disastrous response to the pandemic dramatically worsened its impact on children in Brazil. Instead of adopting the World Health Organization recommendations, Brazil’s government tried to block efforts by states to require social distancing, vetoed a law that required the use of masks in schools – later overturned by Congress, – and invested heavily in drugs that it claimed, without scientific evidence, prevented or cured Covid-19.

Only about 10 percent of Brazil’s population is fully vaccinated. That includes 234,000 education professionals nationwide, about 8 percent. Vaccine scarcity has contributed to high rates of new cases and deaths, which have kept schools closed longer in Brazil than in other countries: for a total of 40 weeks last year, twice the world average, according to UNESCO.

International human rights law guarantees all children the right to education, even in times of emergency. Brazil urgently needs to place children and adolescents at the center of its recovery strategy and to prioritize efforts to ensure education for all, during and after the pandemic.

To comply with Brazil’s international human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch and Todos Pela Educação specifically recommend that the federal government, through the Education Ministry and in conjunction with governors and mayors:

- Allocate resources strategically to ensure access to education for children historically at risk of exclusion from education, including Black and Indigenous children, as well as those on rural areas and others whose education has been particularly affected during the pandemic.
- Make vigorous efforts to ensure that vaccines are available to all and continue efforts to make vaccines available and accessible to education professional across the country, including with targeted outreach to teachers in marginalized communities.
- Ensure there are clear indicators for when in-person school closures might be justified by risk of coronavirus transmission and define objective, evidence-driven parameters to guide decisions to reopen schools.
- Support states and municipalities, especially the most economically vulnerable ones, in providing schools with sufficient and relevant personal protective equipment for all students and staff, Covid-19 information, and resources to provide enhanced ventilation and carry out cleaning and hygiene protocols.
- Support states and municipalities to evaluate learning gaps and the loss caused by prolonged school closures and to meet the needs to close the gaps.
- Adopt measures to furnish affordable, reliable, and accessible internet, including targeted measures to provide free, equitable access – and devices capable of supporting core educational content – for children who cannot yet attend in-person classes.
- Carry out national “back to school” communications and mass outreach campaigns, for a phased, safe, and effective return to schools, in communities to persuade children who have been out of school – either due to the pandemic or other reasons – to return to school, and their families to support these decisions. Identify children who do not return to in-person classes or drop out or do not regularly attend and engage in intensive outreach to them and their caregivers to provide any support they require to continue or resume their studies.

“The prolonged interruption of in-person classes because of the pandemic is causing a profound and cruel setback in Brazilian education, with serious repercussions for educational inequality, school learning, and the food, physical and socioemotional protection system for millions of children and young people,” said Priscila Cruz, executive president of Todos Pela Educação.


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In January 2020 it was inconceivable that Brazilian children and youth would be away from school for so long.
Throughout the year, there were many losses. Loss of learning, bonds, development, of lives. We took a deep breath and we confronted it. And we can safely say that the involvement of Todos Pela Educação was decisive.
Guided by our main and technical agenda for Brazilian Education – Education Now! (Educação Já!) – we have adapted the action plan for 2020 to the new and unexpected context.
We reacted quickly to the challenges posed by the pandemic on Education, at the same time, we played an important role in the advancement of ongoing structuring policies.
One of them, the top highlight of the year, was the approval, during the National Congress, of the New Fundeb (Fund for the Maintenance and Development for the Basic Education), the main Education resource distribution mechanism. A permanent, larger, more redistributive Fundeb, with greater allocative efficiency was approved, aligned with the proposal prepared by Todos Pela Educação. It took years of debates, studies, preparation of models and simulations, as well as countless implementations for this to become a reality. In the report, we describe in detail the course we have taken up to this milestone.
Regarding the effects of the pandemic on Education, the role of Todos Pela Educação was to support administrators, teachers, and families. We have analyzed the experiences from other school closure situations in Brazil and throughout the world, for the preparation of technical notes that were the basis for discussions and implementations of new standards. As a result, Education secretariats from all over the country could count on clear evidences and recommendations to promote distance teaching in Basic Education and to carry out the planning for the return to face-to-face classes.
In 2020, we also started monitoring the advancements of educational policies advocated by Todos, with the 1st Education Now! Annual Monitoring Report, in addition to having expanded the Education Now! Platform with Educação Já Municipios (Education Now for Municipalities). And, of course, many other actions of political organization, communication, mobilization and strengthening of coalitions. All well described in detail in this activity report.
To the executive team, advisors, associates, to the sponsoring institutions, supporting institutions, to the partners: thank you very much!
2021 is showing not to be easier. We continue to count on all of you.
Shall we do it together?

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1st quarter stood out by Todos Pela Educação mobilization so that Education is prioritized in pandemic

 

The beginning of 2021 brought to Todos Pela Educação the necessity to sensitize the public authorities to the urgent need to reverse the series of damages caused by the pandemic to millions of Brazilian students and to focus on the emergency demands of Education. In January, we provided two technical documents to the 5,568 municipalities in the Country based on the Educação Já Municípios initiative, with recommendations to the return to school and guidelines for structuring policies in the municipal administrations from 2021 to 2024.

We have disclosed the 2nd Educação Já! Annual Monitoring Report, a balance on the advances, challenges, and setbacks in the implementation of national-wide educational policies, and also presented the 6th Bimonthly Report of Budget Execution Report of Ministry of Education (MEC), with the conclusion that Basic Education closed 2020 with the worst outcome of the decade.

 

We have alerted public officials, school leaders, and authorities to take responsibility for safe re-opening of schools. The return to regular classes is a pressing matter, but it cannot mean a no-holds-barred situation nor loosening of preventive measures, under penalty to make an attempt on the life and health of students and education professionals.

 

We have launched the podcast series ‘Lições que ficam’, linked to Education that Works initiative of Todos Pela Educação which, to recognize and inspire managers, maps, assesses, and shares good educational policies of distinct education networks in the Country.

 

And we highlighted the society and parliamentarians’ mobilization that led to a retreat of the emergency proposed constitutional amendment (Proposta de Emenda à Constituição [PEC]) still in the Senate, which would revoke sections of the Federal Constitution and extinguish the sub-entailment of resources to the maintenance and educational development for the Union. These initiatives would result in loss of resources in education, especially for the poorest municipalities. It is in this scenario, which imposes severe long-term damage to children and teenagers, that we thank you and count on your support.

Thank you very much! 

Best regards, 
Todos Pela Educação (All for Education)

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August 2020 will be marked in the history of Brazilian Education: we have made a permanent education funding policy focused on reducing inequalities and encouraging the advancement of public educational quality. A victory of Basic Education, a victory for all of us and also of All for Education which, over the last 3 years, advocates for its approval in the National Congress and works intensely to qualify the debate - by conducting studies and technical surveys, analyses and simulations.

Alongside this great achievement, other important themes emerge on the horizon close to Basic Education, still in reflection of the pandemic. This year, Brazilians will elect representatives of the municipal Executive Branch and Legislative Branch. If the exchange of public management is a challenging scenario for educational policies, the difficulties of the transition of the new governments will be raised to another level, given the effects of the crisis caused by Covid-19.

Therefore, qualifying the theme of Education in the 2020 elections is urgent and impels us since August. In addition to providing educational data overviews by states and capitals, and state analyses of the Brazilian education quality, we launched the Education Now Municipalities initiative, which comprises different actions: a technical document, which provides policy recommendations to address the emergency challenges of returning to classes and boosting the quality of Education in the period between 2021-2024; an educational data panel that allows the download of customized reports by municipality; a series of online interviews with candidates running for mayor of some of the largest capitals of different regions of the Country; and a webinar discussing Education in elections with a minister of the Brazilian Supreme Court.

The year 2020 is almost over and, even with the undetermined effects due to closing all schools for a record time, we were able to carry out important actions for Brazilian Education. Your help has allowed us to raise and put on the agenda the debate on public education for what really matters: improving the quality of education based on scientific evidence in Brazil and abroad. We will continue united by the challenge of ensuring Basic Education with quality and equal opportunities for all Brazilian children and young people.

Together we go further!
Thank you!

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