Majority of students have witnessed scenes of racial prejudice in school

black Brazilian women
Majorityof students have witnessed scenes of racial prejudice in school
Conceição Freitas

The majority publicschool students from the nation’s capital of Brasilia, 55.7%, have witnessedscenes of racial prejudice at school. Among black students, 30% said they hadsuffered discrimination. The survey, conducted in 2008, surveyed 9,937 studentsand 1,330 teachers from the 5th grade of elementary school to the 3rd year highschool. The research was conducted by the Secretary of Education in partnershipwith Rifla (Rede de Informação Tecnológica Latino-Americana or Latin AmericanTechnological Information Network). The result is a book of 495 pages,revealing traumas, and uncovering secrets: violence and co-existence inschools.

Among the studentsinterviewed, 45% said they were brown (pardo/mulatto), 13% defined themselvesas black (preto) 22% white (branco). Among teachers, 42% defined themselves aswhite, 37% recognized themselves as brown and 10% proclaimed themselves black.

A universe of racialdiversity, the schools are reproducing the discrimination and prejudice thatexists outside of the schools. “To what extent is the school beingconsistent with its social function when it is proposed to be a space for thepreservation and incentive of Brazilian cultural and racial diversity?”, asksMiriam Abramovay, the research coordinator.



Three months ago, theDepartment of Education created a coordination of diversity in the Escola de Aperfeiçoamentodos Profissionais de Educação (EAPE or the School of Improvement of EducationProfessionals) in order to prepare teachers, counselors and employees to act onthree themes identified as priorities: sexuality, gender and ethnic-racial. “Wewill raise the demand of schools, provide training and assistance to teachersso they know how to handle conflicts of diversity without derailing thedifference, and at the same time, turning them into an pedagogical enrichmentprocess and not of exclusion from school,” says Professor Leila Dark, oneof the coordinators of diversity.

All public schools ofthe Federal Disctrict already adhere to Law 10.639/03, which made compulsorythe study of Afro-Brazilian history and culture in primary and secondaryeducation.


Source: Black Women of Brazil
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