Governor shows the improvements in Pernambuco education

20 de outubro de 2017

Recife – Pernambuco has 51% of its high school students attending full-time schools and the state’s performance in the education area was presented this Thursday (19) by governor Paulo Câmara (PSB) to the delegation of Arab and African ambassadors that is visiting Recife.

The mission of ambassadors landed in the Pernambuco capital on Wednesday and is fulfilling an agenda of meetings with business owners and authorities until Friday. The Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Itamaraty) are part of the delegation.

The group was welcomed by the governor at Palácio do Campo das Princesas and talked about various subjects, among them education. According to the governor, the number of students in full-time schools in the state is higher than the total of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais together.

Câmara told the ambassadors about the goals that the public schools have established – which once achieved result in financial bonus to the teachers – and programs that benefit the students that do well, grade-wise, such as the “Ganhe o Mundo”.

Every year this program sends high school students abroad for six months for them to learn Spanish or English. “In five years, over 5,000 students went abroad because they had good grades and reached the goals they set to themselves,” said Câmara.

The governor said that the state went from the 21st place in education to the first in ten years. Pernambuco is at the top of the Basic Education Development Index (IDEB), which measures the quality of education in Brazil. According to Câmara, the same management program applied in education is taken to other areas.

The diplomats were very impressed with the overview presented by the governor. To ANBA, the Arab Chamber’s president Rubens Hannun, pointed out the importance of the topic in a moment in which the world is pondering how to deal with education. “Innovative experiences and that are providing good results are an inspiration,” he said.

“You took the right path, the one of education. We congratulate the governor and everyone in the state for this accomplishment, for this victory in the public education system,” said the dean of the Council of Arab Ambassadors in Brazil, Ibrahim Alzeben, to Paulo Câmara, in front of the other diplomats.

The governor talked about other topics with the ambassadors, such as the industrialization process of the state, which hosts oil refineries, naval industry, wind farms, and produces petrochemicals, vehicles, beverages, among other sectors and products. “The Suape port has a great structure to receive and ship goods,” said Câmara.

He told the diplomats about the state’s maritime and air connectivity and the medical center that Pernambuco has, which is Brazil’s second largest. “Public services return as quality of life to the population and we know that we can improve when we establish partnerships and cooperation,” said Câmara.

The governor made himself available to visit the countries represented by the diplomats for the presentation of Pernambuco. “We will have an ever more integrated and globalized future in which we will be able to be closer to the countries that you represent,” said Câmara to the ambassadors.

In the meeting with the governor, Alzeben pointed out to the short geographical distance between Pernambuco and the Arab and African countries and recalled that the regions have a common history and interests. The dean of the Council of African Ambassadors in Brazil, Martin Agbor Mbeng, who is also Cameroon’s ambassador, highlighted the historical connection between Arabs and Africans, and between both groups with Brazil.

Representatives from Itamaraty and Recife’s deputy mayor, Luciano Siqueira (PCdoB), also attended the meeting between the governor and the diplomats. The authorities exchanged gifts.

In addition to the meeting, the delegation of diplomats had a meeting this Wednesday with business owners from Pernambuco and watched presentations from the Pernambuco Tourism Company (Empetur) and the Pernambuco Economic Development Agency (ADDiper). The group also visited Porto Digital (Digital Port), which hosts the Recife Center for Advanced Studies and Systems. The schedule of this Friday includes a visit to the Suape port.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani