On World Education Day, MEC reaffirms its commitment to work on restoring learning – Portuguese (Brazil)

World Education Day is celebrated this Thursday (28), an important date for the Ministry of Education and Culture, as it seeks to encourage and raise awareness of the importance of education, especially in the context of the pandemic in which the Ministry’s activities are focused, among other actions, on learning recovery.

This date was set at the World Education Forum held in Dakar, Senegal, in 2000, when leaders from 164 countries, including Brazil, were present and together set a date that represented a movement for global education. The aim was to commit to providing primary and secondary education for all children and youth in the world by 2030. To this end, these countries signed a document entitled “Dakar Framework for Action, Education for All: Fulfilling Our Collective Commitments”. The agreement was pursued by the Ministry of Education, its secretariats and related institutions, through actions such as programs and investments that seek to provide education throughout the country.

On this date, we reinforce the importance of encouraging the building of core values ​​to form a developed, just and integrated society. These measures are only possible with quality public and private education. The effects of the pandemic on our students have been severe, and on this day, I urge education administrators to personally return to all educational institutions in the country. The Federal Government is working daily to ensure educational and technological conditions to mitigate the effects of the health crisis”, highlights Education Minister Victor Godoy.

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Secretary of Basic Education (SEB), of the MEC, has supported state and municipal education networks, either through resource transfers, training procedures provided in virtual learning environments, educational policies and the availability of technology tools. SEB has improved and created platforms for network planning input and monitoring, such as the PDDE Interativo Platform and the +PNE Platform, making information available in order to facilitate decision-making and provide more transparency of the resources and actions implemented, through a basic education dashboard in the context of a pandemic, Basic Education Mode Room – Administration, Governance and School Click.

The challenge of ensuring continuity and full access to quality education for all was initiated as a strategic agenda for the country by the Constitution of the Federative Republic of Brazil (CF) of 1988. However, there are still challenges that must be addressed with a view to alleviating the barriers that cause disadvantage, that impede the achievement and enjoyment of Educational and social rights guaranteed by the country’s constitution.

From this perspective, the Secretariat for Special Modalities (Semesp) is responsible for promoting the right to education of rural people, indigenous peoples, quilombolas remnants, populations on the move, traditional peoples and communities, as well as the approximately 10 million Brazilians who have some form of deafness, as well as upbringing General special, made up of students with disabilities, global developmental disorders and high ability or talent.

Thus, Semesp, in all its characteristics, aims to mobilize educational systems to achieve equitable and inclusive education with lifelong learning. Considering that it is necessary to ensure equal learning opportunities for all students, at all levels, stages and teaching methods, to promote educational actions aimed at evaluating Brazilian cultural traditions and social inclusion, as well as to implement public policies aimed at development, content production, teacher training programs and specific teaching and teaching materials .

As a priority of the government, the Secretariat for Vocational and Technological Education (Setec) operates in the field of vocational and technological education. A teaching method of paramount strategic importance to Brazil. In addition to being able to expand opportunities for social and productive inclusion for millions of Brazilians, it contributes to enhancing productivity and national competitiveness.

In the face of increasingly dynamic and complex production scenarios, training qualified professionals to enter the world of work requires up-to-date knowledge of business in the face of the constant development of new technologies, production processes, and commercial and social relations. Specific technical skillshard skills) as well as others (soft skills), such as creativity, ability to teamwork, adapt, build solutions and work independently.

National Education Plan

The National Education Plan (PNE) for the decade 2014/2024, created by Law No. 13005/2014, sets out 10 guidelines that should guide Brazilian education during this period and sets out 20 goals to be achieved during this period. The Ministry of Education, in this context, exercises its function of federal coordination, as it is challenged to encourage forms of cooperation between education systems to be increasingly organic, even without the regulation of cooperation rules hitherto.

Thus, PNE also means opportunity: if the different areas of the federal government have common obligations, they will have more effective results and improved resources if actions are planned in an integrated and collaborative way. In carrying out this task, administrators will indicate specific pathways for organizing national federal charters on public education policy.

Investments and Programs

Through SEB, MEC supports state and municipal education networks, both through the transfer of resources, training procedures offered in virtual learning environments, educational policies, and the availability of technology tools. In the midst of a pandemic scenario, SEB held regional meetings on basic education actions in the North and Northeast, provided financial support through PDDE, PAR and the Connected Innovation Program, which invested more than R$ 340 million, the highest value since the creation of the program in 2017, It benefits more than 90,000 public, urban and rural schools; They renegotiated the balances in the accounts of the Dinheiro Direto na Escola program, in the amount of R$1.1 billion, to support measures to return to lessons face to face.

Among the many fronts in 2021, the Detailed Action Plan (PAR) is a technical and financial assistance strategy aimed at promoting the improvement of the quality of general basic education, taking into account the objectives, guidelines and strategies of the National Education Plan. PNE). Currently, the PAR is an essential administrative tool, within the scope of the MEC and related authorities, allowing the coordinated action of the Federation, States, Federal District and Municipalities to promote the improvement of the quality of public basic education.

On another level of education, more than R$36 million is transferred to Federal Institutions of Higher Education (Ifes) that have no university hospitals. The action aims to support MBBS courses at federal universities that do not have their own university hospitals, for use in internship scenarios, through funding resources.

Through the Programa Dinheiro Direto na Escola (PDDE) Água, MEC allocates funding and capital resources to public schools in rural and Quilombolas, which enroll students in basic education, ensuring adjustments are needed to provide water in appropriate conditions. For consumption and sanitation Sanitation in school units that announced in the census the absence of water supply or sanitation and that have not yet benefited from this financial assistance (acquisition of water equipment and installations and employment of the necessary labor to build wells, tanks, sewage tanks and other forms that ensure the continuous supply of water suitable for consumption human and sanitation). In 2019, it benefited 1,179 schools and 116,322 students with an investment of R$32 million. In 2020, 997 schools and 191,025 students have already benefited, with an investment of R$30 million.

In a more recent measure, MEC and Microsoft signed an agreement to restore the education of more than 38 million students. The technical cooperation agreement focuses on enhancing the availability of Microsoft solutions to approximately 138,000 public schools. In early May 2022, MEC intends to make the first version of the platform available, which will include the Office 365 Educational A1 solution, as well as other market solutions from major technology providers. This is the first partnership that MEC has entered into to standardize the innovation ecosystem and digital educational solutions, which is being conducted by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (STIC).

In addition to working towards learning recovery, the derived agreements and procedures aim to bring the educational network – public and private – closer to technology providers with different solutions for different purposes, the implementation of which will enhance digital inclusion and quality in schools and institutions, as well as equalize access to digital services for education . The project will include multiple actions and resources, providing ample networking knowledge, in a model of opportunity presentation, with different partnerships and different systems and possibilities to use solutions.

learning time program

Tempo de Aprendiz is a comprehensive literacy program that aims to improve the quality of literacy in all public schools in the country. For this, the program implements actions that improve pedagogical and administrative training of teachers and principals; Provide scientific evidence-based materials and resources to students, educators, and education administrators; improved monitoring of student learning through individual attention; and appreciation of literacy teachers and administrators. There were a total of four thousand eight hundred joining the program. More than 86% of federal entities have joined.

With the aim of improving the quality of literacy, Time to Learn proposes structured actions among which, in 2022, the following: Literacy Practices Course, Scientific Literacy and Exchange Course (ABC) and Online System. Literacy Resource Line – SORA, integrated actions aimed at literacy teachers; Diagnostic assessment and training platform; and GraphoGame Brasil. All actions are part of the Ministry of Education’s National Strategy for Learning Recovery.

The certainty that this challenge can be overcome comes from the determination and dedication of teachers in Brazil to quality education.

MEC social communication consultancy with information from Semesp, Sealf, Setec and SEB

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