Brazil endures large levels of inequity, although their economy is one of the largest in the world. The 6 richest men in the country possess the same amount of wealth as the poorest 50% of the population. Currently, it is estimated to take about 75 years for Brazil to reach the same level of income equality as the United Kingdom. Inequities present in Brazil lead to worse educational outcomes for disadvantaged students.
The Learning Crisis
The Brazil education system is suffering, with lower income youth disproportionately affected. In the country's public school system, more than 50% of children remain illiterate by third grade (80% in more vulnerable communities). In addition, one in three children will have to repeat a grade at some point during their primary or secondary school experience, especially disadvantaged students.