For Unit 2 in this MDG course, I’ve completed a Country Profile about Target 3.1: Ratio of girls to boys in primary, secondary, and tertiary education. The purpose of this project was to demonstrate my research about Brazil related to this target. I am proud of the whole country profile and the effort I put into the making of it. I’ve learned that Brazil has an equal amount of both genders receiving an education, as shown below.


MDGs & You Action Project 1-Country Profile

October 10, 2012

    This country profile demonstrates how Brazil has contributed so far to MDG 3 using maps and research, from the internet and an interview, in terms of education. I found research about Target 3.1: Ratios of girls to boys in primary, secondary, tertiary education. The United Nations wanted to accomplish this goal preferably by 2005, but no later than the year of 2015.    

    These maps demonstrate the percentage of gross enrollment of each gender. Each map shows the value of primary, secondary, and tertiary education. According to World Bank, primary schooling has 122.5% girls and 132.2% boys. Secondary schooling has 106.5% girls and 96.4% boys. Tertiary schooling has 39.1% girls and 30.4% boys. Most of the percentages are closely equal, which means there is gender equality taking place. This graph relates to my target because it explains that there is equality between the two genders in each step of education.

    In Brazil, there looks like there’s a great amount of equality in primary, secondary, and tertiary schooling. Depending on where a student lives, they may or may not receive a great education. In a situation like this, gender wouldn’t take place. The subject of having equal opportunities would occur more to this situation.

“ According to the UNFPA report, the secondary net school enrollment percentage of the school age population for females have risen by 13%, from 1999-2007. The primary school gross enrollment percentages of the school age population are; males 134%, females 125% in 2007.”

    In a recent conversation I had with Elenanoria, she said, “Where I grew up is very much like Chicago. You have people who are well dressed and you see people begging for money on the streets.” She informed me that when she went to school, all of her classes had half and half, boys and girls. I also discovered that if a student attends their neighborhood school, the student has to advance into the next grade, even if they don’t understand the material they’re learning. There is no such thing as failing. I think there wouldn’t be any benefits of going to a school such as this one because this student wouldn’t really have a future full of opportunities. These students who aren’t understanding the material being taught, are advancing to the next grade, but they aren’t a step ahead.

    In my opinion equality can vary in definition depending on the subject of the matter or the situation it’s placed in. I think equality means to have a balance between things. I think equality, in this case, means that both genders, male and female, have the same amount of respect and opportunities. After gathering all of my information, I’ve discovered that Brazil has been contributing to promote gender equality, especially in education.