There is an urgent need for transformative structural change in Brazilian society, which has never addressed a deeply damaging racial divide. The momentum for change is here—young people, education campaigns, and black and indigenous movements are ready to work together. The time to act is now given the current context of COVID-19 and regressive populist actors promoting conservative social values. Youth and students of colour, their schools, families, and communities will benefit.
ActionAid will (1) develop a compelling, multi-media evidence-base of the lived experience of racism in education and wider Brazilian society; (2) facilitate national dialogue on structural racism; (3) mobilise an anti-racism grassroots campaign to transform public education systems in four areas: curriculum, teacher-training, school culture, and education financing; and (4) build solidarity between grassroots movements internationally, promoting international cooperation on anti-racist education by nurturing a global network of activists, campaigners, and researchers sharing learning and practical solutions.
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