Joice Toyota Mendes: Improving the Quality and Equity in Education
Joice: Thanks for having me, Spiffy! Brazil’s educational system is vast: approximately 47 million students are enrolled, considering those from Educação Básica (primary and secondary school). This whole system has 181,000 schools and 1.7 million teachers. In addition, fundamental challenges remain concerning the quality and equity of education in Brazil. A white person has, on average, 1.8 more years of study than a black one. Inequality is even higher when we compare public outcomes with the ones of the private sector.