After lifting millions of its citizens out of poverty, the largest South American nation is facing the challenge of providing a good basic education to its youth and proper training to the generations entering the labor market.
With a population of almost 200 million, only one third of Brazilian children finish the sixth grade, according to UN estimates. Children are held back and tend to repeat the same grade twice, dropping out of the school system altogether. On the other hand, many young adults lack the minimum skills to keep afloat the dynamic job market.
Elaine Reyes interviewed education policy expert Andrea Lisboa de Sousa to discuss these issues and the need for a structural education reform in Brazil.