Bold moves for Brazil

| June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

In early April 2017, the Brazilian government revealed details about the new national curriculum requirements for use in primary and middle schools across the country.

The education ministry has also upped the ante for Brazilian teachers and students by requiring that all students must be able to read and write proficiently by Grade 2, instead of Grade 3.

The country’s education minister, Mendonça Filho, wants to change Brazil’s dismal showing as one of world’s poorest performers in basic mathematics, reading and science. She has stressed the need for all students in public and private schools to have access to the same educational opportunities, saying: “A poorer child cannot receive an inferior education to her richer counterpart.”

“[In the teaching of the new National Common Curricular Base (BNCC in the original Portuguese acronym)], there is [to be] no separation between cognitive, social-emotional and communication skills. A child must learn to show solidarity, respect others, be responsible and learn to live in society. They must learn to read and solve problems, to be a citizen of the world, respect diversity and communicate,” says Maria Helena Guimarães de Castro, executive secretary at the Ministry of Education, who chaired the committee tasked with the final version of the BNCC.

Anna Helena Altenfelder, superintendent at the Centre for Studies and Research into Education, Culture and Community Action (CENPEC) in São Paulo, is one of many experts who underscore the importance of training the Brazilian teacher corps to meet the new challenges. Others say that it’s time that the very architecture of schools must also be revamped. The Ministry of Education expects the BNCC effectively to reach classrooms in 2019, after it has been approved by the National Council of Education.

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