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Promoting Reading in Brazil

AlfaSol Has Weaved a Unique Partner Network in Brazil

Despite a rapid economic growth and a primary net enrolment rate of 94 percent, Brazil features high rates of adult illiteracy. According to the Brazilian non-governmental organization Alfabetização Solidária, or AlfaSol, this country has an average of 13.6 percent of adult illiteracy.

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“Instituto Brasil Leitor” - Brazil Reading Institute

http: / / www.brasilleitor.org.br /

Street_reading_festival_in_São_PauloThe “Instituto Brasil Leitor (IBL)” (Brazil Reading Institute) celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2011. The Institute bases its activities on the idea of reading and the use of different reading media as natural part of everyday life. To overcome the “digital divide”, the institute focuses its [ ... ]  

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“Fundação Nacional Do Livro Infantil e Juvenil” - Brazilian Foundation for Children and Youth Litrature

http: / / fnlij.org.br /

“Fundação Nacional do Livro Infantil e Juvenil (FNLIJ)” (National Foundation for Children and Youth Litrature) was founded on 23. May 1968 by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) and it is located in Rio de Janeiro. It is a charitable, not-for-profit institute focusing on cultural education.. FNLIJ is funded by private persons and institutions, amongst them publishing houses specialising in child and youth literature. Events are organized in close collaboration with private and [ ... ]  

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“Casa da Leitura” - House of Literature in Brazil

http: / / www.bn.br / proler / faleconosco.htm

“Casa da Leitura” (House of Literature) has since 1992 hosted PROLER , a national programme for reading promotion, and receives funding from the Ministry of Culture (Minísterio da Cultura ). The House holds two public libraries, one for small children and one for young people and adults, aiming particularly at students from public schools. [In Brazil, there is a marked discrepancy between the educational provisions offered by public and private institutions, hence the focus on public education is of [ ... ]  

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“Instituto C&A” in Brazil

http: / / www.institutocea.org.br /

“Instituto C&A” delivers complementary educational opportunities to all age groups - focusing on children and young people and training courses offered to multipliers. The programmes aim to facilitate access to education and culture and assure the right to education. Networking activities of diffrent institutions are also fostered to enable a continuous exchange of experience and knowledge. The institute focuses on reading for pleasure. “Instituto C&A” is engaged in arts, education and culture, supports [ ... ]  

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“Instituto Pró-Livro” - Institute Pro-Book in Brazil

http: / / www.prolivro.org.br /

“Instituto Pró-Livro - IPL” – (Institute Pro-Book) responds to concerns regarding the low levels of reading competency in the general population, particularly amongst young people. The Institute was founded in October 2006 as a result of a study – following talks between government representatives and other authorities, publishers and people working in different fields of education. The Institute’s main source of income is provided by publishing houses. Projects target children and adolescents, aiming to [ ... ]  

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More Information

Total population
201 009 622


Literacy rate
(age 15 or over who can read)

Total: 88.6%
Male: 88.4%
Female: 88.8%

Functional illiteracy
(de facto)

Educational indicators
Primary (net) enrolment: 94%
Secondary (net) enrolment: 76%
Tertiary (gross) enrolment: 42%
School life expectancy: 14.2 years

Government expenditure
18.1% goes to education

Unemployment (age 15-24)

CIA World Fact Book, Human Development Report, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Wikipedia