Leading Brazil and its people to the development


The Brazilian economy is the world's sixth largest by nominal GDP and the seventh largest by purchasing power parity (as of 2011). [1] [2] The country is one of the world's fastest growing major economies. Despite this, Brazil is still a nation that shows immense social inequities. In its vast territory can be found concomitantly prosperity islands and vast poverty areas. The main commitment of WEF Brazil is working hard to reduce these differences through Education.

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Brazil is a founding member of the United Nations, the Organization of American States and Mercosur, and is one of the BRICS countries. Brazil is also one of the 17 megadiverse countries, home to diverse wildlife, natural environments, and extensive natural resources in a variety of protected habitats. [3]

The Brazilian Agency of The World Education Fund (WEF Brazil) is dedicated to promote economic and social development through educational projects in all regions of the country. In addition to the educational programs, WEF Brazil works to promote the Brazilian culture, sports and environmental conservation.

WEF Brazil will be supported by the international network of sponsors, contributors, and volunteers through its mother division, the International Education Society (IES). The main goal is to improve the quality of education across the country.

Accomplishing our Goals

Here at the WEF, we believe in the direct relationship between educational excellence and rewarding social/economic development. Global and regional examples show us that large investments in human potential are the best solution for the serious socio-economic contrasts. We wish to use education to fight poverty in all Brazilian regions.

At the WEF, we are committed to raising the overall quality of education. We will achieve this with the help of businesses, government agencies and various other organizations with similar goals. Above all, we understand that transparency and environmental conservation are essential to the success of our projects.

We invite you to learn more about our upcoming plans and ideas on our country website: Team leaders and representatives throughout the US and Europe will be delighted to conduct meetings and/or video conferences with interested parties. To schedule, simply contact and send us a request.

Our main goal is to improve the quality of education, to lead Brazil and its people to the development.

Education in Brazil

economist1As a large middle-income country, Brazil still has several underdeveloped regions. Its education system is accordingly plagued by many deficiencies and social and regional disparities. As of 2006: Literacy rate of 90.2% for people age 15 or older 7.2 years of formal education, on average.  8.4 years for white people, 6.1 years for black people 5.1 years in the Northeast versus 7.2 years in the Southeast and 6.9 years in the South. As of 2006: The nation invests 4.3% of GDP on education. The federal government aims to gradually increase this number to 7%. As of 2008: Literacy rate of 97.5% for people age 6 to 14  Literacy rate of 84.1% for people age 15 to 17  Literacy rate of 92.0% of Brazil.

The Brazilian education level is considered low compared to developed countries, especially in public schools, despite its being low in many of their private counterparts.

Teacher training is available at universities. A university degree is required however to qualify an individual to teach High School classes (i.e. grades 10-12 in the new 12-year school system, 9-11 in the old system). But there are few programs for teachers to update their skills.


[1] "World Development Indicators database" (PDF file), World Bank, 7 October 2009.
[2] "CIA – The World Factbook – Country Comparisons – GDP (purchasing power parity)". Retrieved 25 January 2011.
[3] "Geography of Brazil". Central Intelligence Agency. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-03.