The largest country in South America, the Federative Republic of Brazil occupies roughly 8.5 million square miles and borders 10 other countries on the continent as well as the Atlantic Ocean to its East. Internationally, Brazil is considered a rising economic power and is one of the world’s most populous democracies. For many years, exploitation of the Amazon Rainforest, of which considerable portions exist within the country’s frontiers, has been a source of concern on the international stage.

source(s): UNESCO EFA Global Monitoring Report 2013/14

Main Barriers to Education

  • Poverty
  • Child labour
  • Violence & security

Interventions to Barriers

  • Parental engagement
  • Active search strategies for OOSC
  • Mandated task forces on OOSC

The Brazilian Government has long been a champion of education reform, access and quality. Since 1990 at the World Conference on Education for All in Jomtien, the country has taken steps to improve the lives of children, youth and adults through the education sector. In fact, the government enumerated its support for education development and access by declaring that education was the right of all citizens and the responsibility of the state and family in 1988. However, after the Dakar Framework for Action in 2000, the country officially strengthened basic education financing and expanded the age range of mandatory schooling.

In spite of the progress made, the Brazilian Government has acknowledged that the education sector and the realisation of universal primary education still face challenges. For instance, though school attendance rates have risen steadily since 2003, the demand for corresponding infrastructure and human resources rose in kind as well. In addition, there remains a significant age-grade distortion rate, indicating that enrolled children are not completing the primary cycle in good time.

In 2013, EAC entered into partnership agreements with Todos Pela Educação and Aprendiz to implement respective initiatives in education advocacy and to increase access to quality primary education to Brazil’s OOSC. To alleviate the barriers to education OOSC face, EAC and its partner employed activities that included: mobilising civil society organisations, education specialists and government authorities regarding school inclusion and education equality; OOSC mapping; engaging parents; and establishing task forces and government committees.

Geographic Location: South America

Languages: Portuguese (official), English, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and many other Amerindian languages

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Schools of Tomorrow

Schools of Tomorrow

Successfully Completed Project

In Brazil, EAC and Aprendiz are working in partnership to expand the Department of Education’s Schools of Tomorrow program to bring quality basic education to the children of Rio de Janario’s falavela’s. Rio de Janerio’s falavelas habitually have lower education levels, literacy rates, age-grade parity, and enrollment and retention rates than the rest of the country.



In partnership with EAC, Aprendiz is expanding the Department of Education’s Schools of Tomorrow program in Brazil to ensure quality basic education for the children of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas.

Todos Pela Educação (Successfully Completed Project)

Educate A Child and Todos Pela Educação in Brazil signed an agreement on April 30th, 2013 to activate a one year project in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to mobilize support for school inclusion, retention and education quality for out of school children.