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The group proposes to the candidates to give priority to children – 06/12/2022 – Education

Candidates for the presidency of the Republic will receive a set of 148 proposals for public policy to address issues related to the rights of children and adolescents. The suggestions were made from the speeches of 140 civil society organizations.

The document will be sent to the parties this Monday (13) and must be presented at the meeting with the pre-candidates, if they are willing to receive it. Organized by Agenda 227, launched in May.

At the heart of the electoral debate was the movement to protect childhood and adolescence. Article 227 of the Constitution is mentioned in the agenda, which provides “absolute priority” to guarantee the rights of children, adolescents and youth.

The proposals stem from the work of 22 groups focusing on areas such as education, diversity, inclusion, health, the fight against violence, food security, basic sanitation, the environment, culture, sports and leisure. The starting point was the analysis of progress and risks between 2015 and 2022.

“Unfortunately, there is a very large proportion of children and adolescents who are not guaranteed their right to full development,” said Isabella Henriques, a lawyer who is the executive director of the Alana Institute and a member of the Coordinating Agenda 227.

“The picture we have today is of a government that lacks accountability to the rights agenda, and we have seen a series of catastrophes involving childhood and adolescence.”

Some major initiatives in the field of education of the Zaire Bolsonaro government (PL), for example, were classified as hazards in the case of a diagnosis prepared by the movement.

There are 20 proposals in the field of education, above all, aimed at implementing and strengthening public policy. They range from measures to ensure ethnic fairness to definition of resource standards and transparency for the sector.

One of the initiatives mentioned is, for example, the institution of SNE (National Education System). The system, which should organize responsibilities between agencies, is pending in Congress and has received little interest from the federal government – which prefers to distribute power to approve the regulation of home education.

Henriques explains that there is a lack of depth in the electoral debate surrounding policies for the public. He emphasizes that there is a huge diversity of realities and that there is an urgent need for transverse action.

“All spheres of government should look into this effect, even because of the constitutional article.”

To address violence, the proposals aim to create a national database on the subject, combating gender inequality, as well as documenting “anti-racist values, peace and non-violence, and assessing gender diversity.” There are 12 proposals aimed at traditional people and communities, immigrants and minorities.

The proposals include strengthening existing devices, such as CISAN (Integrated Food and Nutrition Security System) and reviving initiatives broken by the current government. It is the Consea (National Food and Nutrition Security Council), which has been abolished by Bolsonaro, on the basis of which it has been proposed to reactivate the governing structure of Sisan.

According to a survey published last week, in 2022, 33 million people will go hungry. The study found that 13.5% of households are starving where only adults live, but this percentage has risen to 25.7% in families of three or more children or 18-year-olds.

In addition to working towards adopting proposals in government programs, Agenda 227 also intends to oversee subsequent administration. The initiative is coordinated by 18 organizations, such as Andi, Centro de Referência de Educação Integral, Geledés – Instituto da Mulher Negra, Liberta and Instituto Rodrigo Mendes.

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