Brazil Country Report: Conclusions
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Healthy, dynamic educational systems evolve around developments in employment, society and economy. The stakeholders we consulted in Brazil were vocal on how education within their country should change to reflect the prevailing economic and employment situation. The conclusions in this section reflect some of the key issues and challenges facing Brazil today.
Brazil's current economic strength and growth potential relates, in part, to its demographic: a youthful population of over 183 million. It is a wealthy nation in human resource terms.
For many years there has been a push to make education accessible to all. This has reaped significant successes but further improvements are possible.
The standard of education provision is mixed at every level, from primary to postgraduate. Having created the educational opportunities, government, industry and education should now focus on raising and maintaining standards. There should be greater emphasis on quality assurance and a significant focus on qualification design and delivery.
Professional education already plays a significant role in providing Brazil with the workforce it needs but improvement is possible. Businesses and education providers could work more closely to define the need and design solutions. Some structures are already in place to facilitate this.
The image of Brazil's public professional education strategy could be improved by building on existing initiatives and strengthening its connection with industry.
Brazil is witnessing a lot of good work in the area of professional education. There should be more opportunities to publicise successful cases. As well as offering a greater sense of pride, businesses, educators and policy makers can learn how to increase their impact on learners, employees and the Brazilian economy itself.
There is a clear need to address general skills - in particular, behaviours and attitudes. This should happen at every level of education as well as in the workplace. Professional education programmes should reflect the need for a more generalised curriculum that allows individuals greater mobility within the country's economy.
New mechanisms should help businesses and organisations assess personal attributes like attitude, behaviour and cultural awareness. Industry can set the standard. But to do this, industry must be clear about the attributes potential employees need to demonstrate.