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UNICEF and Globo launch partnership to promote education in Brazil

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Students watch a performance at Barros Barreto School, in a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Salvador, capital of Bahia state in northeastern Brazil.

By Estela Caparelli and Pedro Ivo Alcantara

SAO PAULO, Brazil, 27 June 2013 – In partnership with Globo, the largest communication group in South America, UNICEF has launched a new initiative to guarantee the right of all Brazilian children to learn.

The Globo Education project is a platform specially designed to mobilize social engagement and promote discussion on the importance of quality public education, giving visibility to best practices in education.

Globo will broadcast and disseminate messages about education through the Globo Educação platform (in Portuguese), as well as through the many media outlets of the Globo network and in a joint annual national forum. UNICEF and the Roberto Marinho Foundation (created by the founder of Globo) will be part of the technical group responsible for selection of innovative practices.

Globo owns one of the largest commercial TV networks worldwide and is considered the largest producer of telenovelas (soap operas). According to the company, the network covers more than 98 per cent of Brazil's territory, reaching 99.5 per cent of the population.

Building quality education for all

“This project will bring together two world leaders in their respective areas of expertise to make a difference in the lives of girls and boys in Brazil,” said UNICEF Representative to Brazil Gary Stahl. “I believe the Globo Education project will help the country to build high quality and universal public education.”

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José Roberto Marinho (left), Vice President of Globo Organization, and Gary Stahl, UNICEF's Representative to Brazil, signed the commitment to the institutional partnership.

Although Brazil has promoted great achievements toward ensuring education for every child and adolescent, there are still major challenges to ensure the right to learn of each boy and girl.

According to the latest nationwide figures available, from 2009, nearly 4 million children between 4 and 17 years old were out of school, 1.5 million of them between ages 15 and 17.

“It is not acceptable. It is not natural. We cannot have any child or adolescent out of school or at risk of exclusion,” Mr. Stahl said.

Joining forces

The launch of the project took place at Globo headquarters in Sao Paulo on 22 May. UNICEF Representative Stahl, Globo Organization Vice President José Roberto Marinho, and Roberto Marinho Foundation Secretary-General Hugo Barreto signed the commitment to the institutional partnership.

During the event, Mr. Marinho highlighted the importance of involving the whole of society in consolidating a quality education system in Brazil. “The achievement of knowledge is the centerpiece of society and must be in the minds of all,” Mr. Marinho said. “Our goal is to make this project into a meeting point for education in Globo, joining forces and ensuring that education has its deserved space.”



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