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Brazil recovers pre-pandemic level of childhood literacy, highlights the MEC report

The expectation is that by 2030, 80% of children in public schools will be able to read and write


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The Ministry of Education has published the first report on the results of the literacy child indicator. The document indicates 56% of literate children in the public education network, a scenario 1 percentage point higher than that recorded before the Covid-19 pandemic in 2019. The MEC’s ​​objective is to reach 80% of literate children by 2030.




The Ministry of Education (MEC) has published encouraging data on literacy in Brazil. According to the first report on the results of the Literate Child indicator, in 2023 about 56% of children aged 6 to 7 were literate in the public education network. The number is 20 percentage points higher than that declared by the Basic Assessment System (Sabe) in 2021 and 1 percentage point higher than that recorded before the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2019.

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The report was published last Tuesday, the 28th, and is part of the National Literacy Child Commitment, launched in 2022. The document was assembled based on assessments carried out by each state and aligned by the MEC. According to the Ministry, 85% of children enrolled in the public education system participated in the research.

Among the 26 states and the Federal District, three stood out with the highest percentages. Ceará, with 85% of literate children, Paraná, with 73% and Espírito Santo, with 68%. The lowest rates occurred in Sergipe, with 31%, Rio Grande do Norte and Bahia, both with 37%.



The expectation is to reach 80% of public school children literate by 2030

The improvement in numbers is, according to the MEC, the result of a large investment: just over R$1 billion was transferred to states and municipalities that agreed to join the literacy policy. Since the program was created two years ago, 19 Brazilian states have already adopted the policies, while 8 are still in the final stage of the process.

The MEC’s ​​expectation is to have at least 60% of children literate in the public school system by 2024. For the next few years, the goals set by the federal government are progressive. The ideal scenario is to reach 2030 with 80% of children knowing how to read and write.

According to the MEC, the efforts aim to increasingly reduce the impact of the pandemic on Brazilian basic education.





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Source: Terra

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