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Tackling the education problems in Brazil: what can we learn from Porto Alegre?

Tackling the education problems in Brazil
What can we learn from Porto Alegre?
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Winter 2024
State public education in Porto Alegre was confronted with a paradox at the end of 2016. With investments well above the national average, reasonable infrastructure and teachers among the most qualified and well-paid in the country, student learning results were among the lowest among Brazilian capitals. The trinomial of more investment per student, better training and higher remuneration for teachers, the recipe cliché for the vast majority of experts in the field, has not been able, in recent decades, to maintain or significantly increase the public system's capacity to teach well. In this talk, I will explain under what diagnosis we took measures to improve the situation and what was done in strategic terms between 2017-2020. Considering the educational conditions in Porto Alegre, the case might shed light on how we can tackle national problems in education.

About Adriano Naves de Brito
Adriano Naves de Brito started teaching at a Gymnasium in the eighties. From 1994 up to 2022, he was a professor of philosophy at Universidade Federal de Goiás and Unisinos. He held a visiting professorship at Universities in London, Tübingen, Bielefeld, and Buenos Aires. Between 2017 and 2020, he was the secretary of education in the municipality of Porto Alegre, with an intense program of reforms to improve primary education in the capital of Rio Grande do Sul. He is the CEO of the Mercosul Biennale, which is, since its inauguration in 1997, one of the most relevant biennales in Latin America.