In Brazil, still threatened by new variants of the pandemic, at the beginning of August, schools and educational institutions are resuming in-person classes.
For more than a year, many schools kept students connected to virtual meetings. It so happens that, in most parts of the country, access to the internet and its resources is not yet fully democratic. Poor children and teenagers are penalized. In addition, distance education and education through virtual means can serve as a substitute, but it does not replace educational follow-up. Coexistence and dialogue are essential.
For some years now, Brazil has been among the countries in the world with the greatest debt in terms of basic education for its citizens. Currently, under the current government, already before the pandemic, in the International Ranking of Education published in 2019, Brazil was considered one of the 20 worst countries in the world.
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In this 2021, people who love education remember the centenary of the birth of Paulo Freire, an educator figure revered throughout the world, except by the current Brazilian government.
It is known by those who follow the subject everything that the current government has done and does everything to make education unfeasible, at all levels. In this project, it counts on the pandemic as an ally, but it is capable of perversity that no virus can achieve. At the university level, the President of the Republic never tires of intervening in most federal universities.
It imposes administrators, appointed with political and ideological criteria, without the slightest respect for the community of teachers and technicians in education. Furthermore, as never before, all federal units suffer from a lack of funds for their basic functioning.
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While Colombia, Peru and Bolivia have had good public universities since the 16th century, in Brazil, only in the 19th century we had the first law course, in Olinda (PE) and São Paulo. The Ministry of Education itself has only existed in the country since 1930”.
In an event held by videoconference, on October 15, 2020, Pope Francis launched the Global Educational Pact, proposing to the whole world an alliance in favor of quality education. The pope insists on the importance of education as an act of hope, “a natural antidote to individualistic culture”.
This initiative by the pope has the support of Unesco and several academic institutions. The proposal is that this pact is materialized through seven commitments or proposals for the promotion of dialogue between cultures, peace and integral ecology:
1st – Place the person at the center of each educational process.
2nd – Listen to the voice of children, teenagers and young people to whom we transmit values and knowledge.
3rd – Encourage the full participation of girls and adolescents in education.
4th – Seeing in the family the first and indispensable educating subject.
5th – Educate ourselves and each other for acceptance, opening ourselves to the most vulnerable and marginalized.
6th – Find other ways to understand the economy, politics, growth and progress.
7th – Guard and cultivate our common house, protecting it from the exploitation of its resources.
In Brazil, several civil society entities are joining educators to organize concrete activities in this path of the Global Education Pact. For those who have faith and seek to live an ecumenical spirituality, education is the task that brings us closer to the great spiritual leaders of humanity.
They were all educators. Jesus Christ, for example, revealed himself as Divine Wisdom offered to every person who accepts to welcome him. And he showed that in this education process, the important thing is to know and practice the truth. As he said: “The truth will set you free” (Jn 8:33).
::Memory: 24 years without Paulo Freire, patron of Brazilian education and international reference::
Edition: Vinícius Segalla