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O povo em primeiro lugar

Building the Future Based on Education


Educational levels improve

Specialists say that the guarantee of a minimum income has a highly positive impact on education. Not just because of the elimination of hunger and the risk of child labor, but also because greater economic security increases the psychological well-being of the parents, who can then dedicate themselves more to the future of their children. And the future is promising: the Bolsa Família increased the participation of the 20% of the population at the lowest income levels in the school system. In 2001, only 17.3% of young people 16 years of age in this group had completed primary school: in 2011, that percentage increased to 42.7%. At the high school level, at the 15 to 17 year age group, the increase was from 13.6% to 35.9%.

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Scholastic inequality falls

In addition to increasing the time in school, the poorest 20% also advanced in their studies. In 2002,  of the students 15 years of age, only 32.1% were enrolled in the school year appropriate for their age. In 2002, the increase jumped to 53.8%. Thanks to the Bolsa Família, educational inequality among social classes fell from 31% to 19.4% in only one decade.

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