According to a survey by Datafolha, those most affected and with less access to return are part of highly vulnerable families

Caio Basilio/Futura Press/Estadão Content – 03/03/2021 Reopening of schools was also uneven across Brazilian regions, points out Datafolha

Specialists, parents and authorities are increasingly aware of the need to reopen schools, but admit that the gap in Brazilian education is widening, especially in the public network. What becomes more evident with the gradual resumption of in-person classes is that, in addition to learning losses, the pandemic of coronavirus it also opened wide the gap between children and adolescents throughout Brazil. This is because, even with the doors open, the proportion of poorer students who had the opportunity to return to school is less than half that registered among students with higher incomes. The conclusion is from a survey. Datasheet commissioned by Fundação Lemann and Instituto Itaú Social. The study was carried out between April and May, with young people from elementary and high school from public schools. According to the survey, those most affected and with less access to return are part of highly vulnerable families. The abyss is also regional. While 40% of students from the Southeast and the South had access to reopened schools, even if partially, the North region has an index of 6%; in the Northeast, they are 11%.

According to the president of the National Education Council, Maria Helena Guimarães de Castro, institutions need to devise urgent strategies to bring children and adolescents into the classroom. “It is very important that public education networks map this student, plan an active search, identify these students, establish a dialogue with these families, a communication so that they return with the expectation that it is possible to recover, return and that they will have new opportunities as they get back to school. This is an essential point”, says the president of the CNE. Maria Helena Guimarães de Castro emphasizes that the damage to students who do not return to school is incalculable. “There is no chance of these students having a better life, a healthier life, more life opportunities, if they don’t go back to school. So, valuing education as a good that has universal value for all families, regardless of income, color, social class and any other type of adversity. The right to education must be guaranteed for everyone”, he says. The data also show that there is insecurity among families to return. Four out of ten students who had reopened schools available, even if partially, did not go to the units. Fear of the pandemic appears as the main reason.

*With information from reporter Letícia Santini

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