THE EDUCATION SCENARIO IN BRAZIL
Despite the growing awareness to the importance of education, the matter is still not treated as a priority in Brazil, and our educational results are proof of this.
More than 80% of Brazilian children and youth are enrolled in public schools and, unfortunately, many drop out before completing high school. According to IBGE [Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística], out of 10 students, just six finish high school at age 19. And, among these, less than 30% will have learned what they should in portuguese and 10% in mathematics.
This issue puts us in a position of tremendous backwardness in relation to developed countries, and even compared to countries of similar development level. In the latest edition of PISA (2018), which assesses the skills of 15-year-old students in 79 participating countries and economies, we ranked 70th in math, 66th in science, 57th in reading.
The numbers of Brazilian education reflect the debts of the past, but do not reveal all the challenges of the future. Certainly, we will have to work to achieve satisfactory levels of learning in the basic areas of knowledge, but that alone will not be enough to prepare our children and young people to live in the 21st century and build a better future.
In addition to learning to read, write, do math and know the world in all its forms, our students will also need to learn to collaborate, persist, organize, create and a host of other 21st century skills.
This is not just a national challenge, it is a global challenge. Almost every country in the world is rethinking their education systems to prepare new generations for new demands. We cannot leave Brazilian children and youth behind. This is why we raise the banner of comprehensive education.
In an increasingly complex, dynamic, diverse and uncertain world, we need to prepare children and young people to make choices that result in a better future for themselves and the world. Rather than increasing time spent in school, comprehensive education expands learning opportunities by promoting all the skills, cognitive, socio-emotional skills and combinations that are so necessary for children and youth to develop fully on the path of their life choices and to the collective wellness.