Directly inspired by student protesters in Chile, students in Brazil have taken to the streets demanding education reform in their own country. Specifically, they want 10 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to be spent on education, reports the China Post.
According to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, in 2007, Brazil spent 5.1 percent of it’s GDP on education, only slightly less than the United States. The OECD average was 4.8. Of course, this measure doesn’t guarantee educational success. Cuba, for example, spends over 18 percent of it’s GDP on education.
Nevertheless, students in Brazil are hoping to attract attention to the development of a new 10-year national education plan and make education reform a priority. “Public education in Brazil is bad,” an 18-year-old student named Natalia said in the Post. “We do not have the same opportunities as students in private schools.”