TODOS PELA EDUCAÇÃO – ALL FOR EDUCATION
Todos Pela Educação (Todos) celebrated its 15th anniversary in September: 15 years of studying educational public policies, defending, articulating and monitoring indicators and proposals. Always defending students and public schools. Together, we made gains for Brazilian Basic Education, but we still have a long way to go: we will continue steadfast, with you, until all children and young people have access to quality education, which is plural and decisive for their lives.
The third quarter of 2021 was crucial to building our future.
Check out what we did during this period.
Always important to emphasize, the public policy proposals we formulate at Todos Pela Educação (Todos), and suggest, are based on evidence, on data compiled, analyzed and used to develop diagnoses. All of our production aims to qualify the debate and support decision making in the different spheres of public power.
EDUCATION NOW 2022: A PROPOSED STRATEGIC AGENDA FOR BRAZILIAN BASIC EDUCATION
It is possible to have quality Basic Education for all Brazilian students. Believing in this, we have produced, with the support of specialists and third sector organizations, Education Now 2022: A Proposed Strategic Agenda For Brazilian Basic Education (Educação Já 2022: uma proposta de agenda estratégica para a Educação Básica brasileira). The document, released as a "version for debate," contains recommendations for actions that will need to be implemented by the government in an emergency manner, in order to mitigate the effects of the pandemic in Basic Education, as well as proposals for structural measures, articulated in a systemic manner, to raise the quality of Basic Education and reduce inequalities in the country's educational systems.
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The document is directly linked to Todos's strategic objective of advancing Education Now!, with a focus on the technical production axis.
In recent months, we have witnessed the gradual reopening of schools in several states across the country. Therefore, in parallel with the advocacy for the safe resumption of classroom activities, we continue with articulations and initiatives that can impact the directions of Education in the short and medium terms.
See below the main actions in this area during the quarter:
| TRAINING OF MUNICIPAL MANAGERS
We reached 1,391 of the Brazilian municipalities: more than 4,000 municipal managers guaranteed, through free registration, their participation in the Commitment to Education Program, led by “Todos” with the aim of encouraging municipalities to prioritize an agenda of structural changes in Education.
The initiative includes the signing of a letter of commitment to mark the municipal management's commitment to Education, the Education Now Municipalities Course, a 30-hour online training course for public managers, and the Seal of Commitment to Education, given to the municipalities that participated in the previous stages. A number of partnerships were established to expand and qualify the debate on educational policies and take the Commitment to Education Program to a large number of Brazilian cities.
Education Now Municipalities reaching municipalities and influencing their decision making. Managers and decision makers need access to accurate information and analysis. For this reason, we have released several documents and taken a position on key industry topics and events over the past few months.
| EDUCATION THAT WORKS (EDUCAÇÃO QUE DÁ CERTO)
Numerous education networks in the country have achieved significant educational results at the system level. In addition to showing that it is possible, these are efforts that illuminate paths. Mapping, analyzing and disseminating what lies behind these good examples of educational policies is the mission of the Education That Works (Educação que Dá Certo) initiative of Todos.
Based on interviews with multiple actors involved in each of the experiences and robust analysis of data and indicators, we developed technical documents and didactic materials to support the decision-making process of public managers and teams from the Secretariats throughout Brazil. The materials provide valuable inputs to inspire public managers, as they systematize solutions to challenges common to different public education networks, such as teacher training, pedagogical support to schools, pedagogical use of evaluations and much more. In the third quarter, we systematized municipal cases: Teresina (PI), Coruripe (AL), Londrina (PR) and São Paulo (SP). Get to know all of them in our platform launched in the last quarter of 2021.
| NATIONAL EDUCATION SYSTEM
Todos participated in a session in the Federal Senate dedicated to the debate on the National Education System (SNE). Among the proposals for regulation being discussed in the National Congress, there is PLP 235/2019, object of discussion at the event. Debated for almost one hundred years, the SNE is even more necessary at this time when we need to recover the damage caused to education by the pandemic.
25% of Brazilian municipalities are represented in the Education Already Municipalities Course
| BRAZILIAN YEARBOOK OF EDUCATION
Held by Todos, in partnership with Editora Moderna, the Brazilian Yearbook of Basic Education reached its tenth edition in August as one of the main references when it comes to monitoring Education. The publication follows all stages, modalities and specificities of Brazilian Education: from Kindergarten to Post-graduation. It has established itself as a traditional consultation tool for journalists, researchers, public administrators and all those who wish to better understand the education scenario in Brazil.
| BUDGET EXECUTION REPORT MINISTRY OF EDUCATION (MEC)
The report aims to understand the factors that impacted the availability of resources and the budget execution of the Ministry of Education (MEC), with a focus on Basic Education. It is based on the bimonthly publications of the Ministry of Economy. In this issue, published in August, we present the analysis of the portfolio's budget execution for the first two bimesters of 2021, addressing the main effects of the delay of the LOA 2021 for Basic Education.
| LEARNING REPORT
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Brazil showed an important evolution in the percentage of students with adequate learning, especially in primary education. However, the levels still remain far below what is necessary to ensure the right to education for all, especially when we observe that the advances, in general, are not accompanied by a reduction in educational inequality. These are some of the main messages of the Report "Learning in Basic Education: details of the pre-pandemic context". The document presents a balance of learning through 2019 and identifies important advances, challenges and setbacks in educational outcomes, helping to understand under what context the Covid 19 pandemic impacted the lives of millions of students.
| EVALUATION OF THE PRESENCE OF PROJECTS IN BRAZILIAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS ON RACISM, SEXISM AND HOMOPHOBIA
Todos produced and released a technical note to evaluate the presence of projects in Brazilian public schools about racism, sexism and homophobia, from 2011 to 2019. The data come from the questionnaire of the National System for Evaluation of Basic Education (Saeb) answered by school principals. The analysis shows that, in 2019, there was a reduction in the percentage of schools that declared to have projects on these themes.
More than 9,500 accesses to the content of the Yearbook
111 mentions in the press about the Yearbook
The reach of the Yearbook was 5.5 million in networks and online articles
The 2021 Yearbook is directly linked to the strategic objective of Todos in section (iii) of the public monitoring.
Check out some of our most important results of impact on the press. One of our priorities is to occupy spaces in the public sphere in order to prioritize and guide the debate on the importance and urgency of quality basic education in Brazil.
| PRISCILA CRUZ ON NATIONAL NEWSPAPER - RESUMPTION OF CLASSES
The long period of closed schools results in losses that go beyond learning, something that children and young people can carry throughout their lives depending on our response from now on. Priscila Cruz (Todos) spoke about this in “National Journal”.
| BRAZILIAN YEARBOOK OF EDUCATION
The release of the Brazilian Yearbook of Education had great repercussion in the press, with articles published in the main vehicles of the country and also in the “National Journal”.
| BUDGET EXECUTION OF THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
Exclusive with O Globo for Reomec disclosure - Resources set a side by the MEC for Basic Education fell 39.1 % in the first months of the year,says report
| EDUCATION THAT WORKS - RIO DE JANEIRO, SÃO PAULO AND PERNAMBUCO
Todos is mapping cases that show that quality public education is possible in Brazil. A school in Rio de Janeiro managed to guarantee the total absence of school dropouts, even during the pandemic, and the initiative was highlighted on Globonews.
Jornal Hoje, on TV Globo, showed two cases, in São Paulo and Pernambuco, being examples in the fight against truancy and recovery of learning.
| PAULO FREIRE CENTENNIAL - FANTÁSTICO
TV Globo's Fantástico addressed the Paulo Freire centennial and, among the tributes to the patron of Brazilian education, highlighted the post by Todos published on Twitter.
| COMBATING RACISM AND HOMOPHOBIA HAS LITTLE SPACE IN SCHOOLS
Report from Todos pointed out that 48% of Brazilian schools have projects to address ethnic-racial relations. Less than half of the schools have projects to discuss racism and other ethnic-racial relations. The space for combating sexism, homophobia and social inequalities is even smaller. These data were highlighted on CNN.
| OPINION ARTICLES NATIONWIDE
We published opinion articles in which we discussed the gradual, safe and effective resumption of classroom instruction throughout Brazil. The texts were published in News papers and portals from all regions of the country and reinforced the idea that it is necessary to go beyond the pure and simple reopening of schools and adopt essential premises both in school infrastructure and in the strategy for learning recovery.
BY PROMOTING DEBATES
| THE CALL IS URGENT
Education needs all of us to take its place as a priority in Brazil. The call is urgent! And about this, Priscila Cruz (Todos) and João Pedrosa (teacher and presenter) talked in a live chat.
| DAY OF THE FIGHT OF THE PERSON WITH DISABILITIES
On the Day of Fight for People with Disabilities, Priscila Cruz, executive president of Todos, and Rodrigo Hübner Mendes, from Rodrigo Mendes Institute, debated about a quality and inclusive education. Check it out!
| LIVE BETT EDUCAR, SUMMIT EDUCATION AND EDUCATION 360
Olavo Nogueira Filho, executive director of Todos, was at the first Lives Stage of the Bett Brasil event. The theme of the meeting was: "Schools Reopen: How to Return Safely? He also participated in Education360. The debate had the following theme "Sharing lessons: what we know about the pandemic's impact on education", and featured Patrícia Mota Guedes, from Itaú Social. Priscila Cruz, our CEO, took part in the Education Summit Brazil 2021, in the panel "The impact of lost time". In the debate at Estadão newspaper, she dealt with the consequences of the pandemic.
| CONGRESS AWARD IN FOCUS 2021
The most highly rated deputies and senators Congress in Focus Award 2021 were released on October 21.
The special category Defense of Education is granted by Todos. The list was formed based on the affinity of the parliamentarians eligible for the general category of "Best in the House" and "Best in the Senate" with the topic. Legislative production, the presentation of proposals, participation in discussions, among other points, focused on the "promotion of an Inclusive and Quality Education" were evaluated. The main objectives of the award are to strengthen democracy, stimulate citizenship to evaluate the performance of deputies and senators and value those who best represent the population.
1,242 press articles with the participation of Todos
In August, All was present in 25% of the news/materials on education in the digital media
742 interviews in the various media
Check out our latest initiatives for institutional strengthening, important for creating conditions for us to continue our mission.
| BIRTHDAY TODOS 15 YEARS
Throughout the month of September, our activities carried the mark of Todos's 15 years. A way to look at the present and the past and keep working for the future. To mark these 15 years, we had internal celebrations and showed #WhoMakeTheTodos (#QuemFazOTodos) happen on our Linkedin, presenting our team and collaborators.
We are a civil society organization supported 100% by donations from individuals, foundations, institutes and companies (we do not receive a penny from the government). It is the donations and partnerships that make our work possible.
One of our partners is the Movimento Arredondar, an NGO that, through partnerships with private initiative organizations, encourages customers to round off the value of their purchases at check out, and donate the cents from the rounding up to support partner causes and NGOs that receive the Movimento Arredondar. Since 2018, we have already received more than R$ 450,000.00.
Check out our numbers:
2018: R$ 50.352,98;
2019: R$ 133.311,03;
2020: R$ 155.750,22;
2021: R$ 112,268.39 (up to September 30).
Since August 2021, it is also possible to donate through purchases made on Ifood. Todos is the first and only organization focused on education on the app's donation platform. More than R$85,000.00 have been donated since the beginning of the partnership.
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| DIVERSITY COMMITTEE
In August, we invited Toni Reis, CEO of the National LGBTI Alliance, to talk to the executive team about how to make schools more inclusive and tolerant of the LGBTQIA+ community. The meeting was organized by the Committee of Diversities of Todos, a group of employees whose goal is to propose strategies and actions to give visibility to and expand the diversity and acceptance of diversity in the composition of the executive team and members.
| REPAGINATION OF TODOS’ WEBSITE
We have a new face! And it's not just in appearance, as we have restructured the information and materials on our institutional website. In order to mark a new stage in Todos's strategic actions, we launched our new website, a strategic tool for the dissemination of knowledge and advocacy for Public Basic Education.
Thank you very much!
Todos Pela Educação
All for Education
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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!
Todos Pela Educação (All for Education)
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