Brazil Prods Colleges Into Adopting Quotas

    Brazil’s Ministry of Education’s (MEC) Afro-Atitude Program will distribute 500 scholarships to students of African descent. The US$ 88 (241 Brazilian reais) grant will go to ten federal and municipal universities that already have established the affirmative action quota program for blacks.

     


    Resources will be used for research on the social, economic, and cultural status of Afro-Brazilians, as well as on Aids.


    The general idea is to stimulate universities to adopt quota programs as well as to benefit the 500 students that have already entered higher education through quotas.


    MEC’s Affirmative Action consultant in the Secretariat of Higher Education, Déborah Santos, said that each university will receive 50 scholarships.


    According to Santos, the program is a way of keeping students in school. “With this small contribution, they will probably be able to pay for books or transportation.”


    Student performance and projects will be considered in the selection process. Santos explained that each university developed a project, and that coordinators will select 50 of these university students. She says that the main criterion will be the students’ social-economic situation.


    “We consider these scholarships very important, because it is not enough to grant access to public schools for students we know have financial difficulties, and not be able to keep them in the university,” said the consultant. Santos says that these students have a higher performance than the others.


    The program was launched on December 1st, 2004, and is currently coordinated by the Ministries of Health and Education, and by the Special Secretariats for Human Rights and for the Promotion of Racial Equality


    Translation: Andréa Alves
    Agência Brasil

    Tags:

    • Show Comments (0)

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    comment *

    • name *

    • email *

    • website *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Ads

    You May Also Like

    China’s Courtship of Brazil and LatAm Makes Washington See Red

    Last November Chinese President Hu Jintao swept through South American capitals with pledges of ...

    Brazil Has a US$ 19 Billion Surplus with US$ 52 Billion in Exports

    According to Brazil’s Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, the week of June ...

    Anunciação prints

    Brazilian Colorful Fashion Is a Hit Overseas

    Brazilian colorful prints of dresses by brand Anunciação, in the midwestern state of Goiás, ...

    Out of Africa: Race in Brazil and the US

    In Portuguese, the word for "race", raça, is not surprisingly the same as the ...

    Real currency, Brazil's money

    Brazil’s Credit Volume Reaches 36.5% of GDP, Best in 13 Years

    The volume of credit in the Brazilian National Financial System totaled 1.067 trillion reais ...

    Brazilian congress in session

    While Brazil Seems in a Civil War Congress Only Cares for Pay Hike

    No one feels any nostalgia for the last congressional session. Mensalões (monthly payments for ...

    Brazil vs. NYT: The Autopsy of a Hangover

    It became obvious that Brazil’s Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the charismatic labor leader ...

    Nem

    Rio Arrests Drug Lord of Rocinha, Its Biggest Favela, in Preparation for Olympics

    Earlier today, Rio police arrested Antonio Francisco Bomfim Lopes, alias Nem, the drug lord ...

    Florencia in the Amazon

    Florencia. a Candidate for First-Ever Non-Brazilian, Brazilian Opera

    In the 1915 novel The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka’s timeless, semi-autobiographical take on the ...