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Bolsonaro populates olavistas education council and appoints pastor to MEC



São Paulo – The new Minister of Education of the Bolsonaro government is professor and pastor Milton Ribeiro. The appointment was announced on the President of the Republic’s social networks and made official minutes later in an extra edition of official diary. Also on Friday (10), Bolsonaro appointed new members to the National Council of Education (CNE), ignoring nominees by the state and municipal secretaries of the sector.

The position of the mEC had been vacant since June 18, with the departure of Abraham Weintraub. Another professor, Alberto Decotelli, was even announced as minister, but he did not even assume the ministry. Decotelli resigned after reports of having included false information in his CV and the charge of plagiarism in his master’s dissertation.

Milton Ribeiro is a Presbyterian pastor and is a member of the Public Ethics Committee, appointed by Bolsonaro.

Old Testament

The Lattes curriculum of the new minister informs that Milton Ribeiro has a degree in Theology and Law. Also according to the platform, he has a master’s degree in law from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie and a doctorate in education from the University of São Paulo (USP).

The pastor has a specialization in the Old Testament by the Andrew Jumper Theological Center, in Old Testament Theology by Mackenzie, in University Management by the Council of Rectors of Brazilian Universities (Crub) and in Real Estate Law by FMU (Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas). At Mackenzie, he is part of the deliberative council of the sponsoring entity. And he served as acting dean and vice dean.

Olavista Council

Among the 11 new names nominated by Bolsonaro for the National Education Council, there is a student of Bolsonaro’s writer and mentor, Olavo de Carvalho, a private university owner and a minister of the Superior Military Court. The names are on a list of nominees by former minister Abraham Weintraub.

On the other hand, there is no representative of the state and municipal secretaries, respectively the Council of State Secretaries of Education (Consed) and the National Union of Municipal Directors of Education (Undime). The entities released a note repudiating the appointments that have members of private education. The CNE is an advisory body of the Ministry of Education (MEC), responsible for proposing public policies.

Former Education Minister Fernando Haddad criticized the nominations. “I don’t know where these people come from,” he said. “They don’t interact. Education does not work as a system, but as trenches in a cultural war, ”said Haddad, who was minister of the portfolio for more than seven years.

Read the note from Consed and Undime

“The National Council of Education Secretaries and the National Union of Municipal Education Directors, which until the current formation had vacancies in the National Education Council, go public to repudiate the criteria used by the Federal Government for the new composition of the CNE. Ignoring the indications of the institutions responsible for the management of public education systems and disregarding the representations of 27 state networks and 5,568 municipal networks goes against the institution of the National Education System.

The CNE is a body of state and not a government. As the highest education institution, in order to have respectability, legitimacy and authenticity in its decisions, it should have a minimum of representation from the state and municipal public networks, responsible for more than 80% of all enrollments in Basic Education in the country and more than 40 millions of students.

Furthermore, at a time when the country is grappling with the expectation of appointing a new Minister of Education, when dialogue, mutual recognition and respect are essential values ​​for our relationship with MEC, disregard the suggestions of public education managers in the whole country for the composition of a collegiate body as important as the CNE sends a negative and worrying message.

Finally, in order to curb wrong decisions that do not respect and do not consider the importance of articulation between the three federative instances, it is necessary and urgent that the National Congress regulates the SNE, establishing in law a new form of composition of the CNE, with the due equal representation of the three spheres of government. ”

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Festival brings together films, music and debate to debate human rights




São Paulo – The Human Rights Culture Festival, DH Fest, will bring together films, debates and musical performances, starting this Sunday (7), for free and virtually. The program, which runs until the 14th, aims to expand the cultural look at themes related to human rights. And it also sounds like a manifestation of the union of society to face the attack on rights, constantly promoted by the Bolsonaro government.

In the musical area, among the confirmed are the singer Chico César and the rapper Tássia Reis. In the debate cycle, Minas Gerais writer Conceição Evaristo, filmmaker Tata Amaral, activist Ailton Krenak and photographer Sebastião Salgado will also be present.

Festival organizers say that the proposal came about when the presence of guidelines related to human rights was noticed in national films awarded in 2020. “The films that had the most visibility, media force, repercussions had themes related to human rights. Then we will put these films together and create the festival of festivals ”, explained Francisco Cesar Filho, curator of the event, to the journalist Marilu Cabañas, from Current Brazil Radio.

The journalist and writer Bianca Santana, who is also present in the event’s grid, says that the covid-19 pandemic made the theme even more necessary. “It is a beautiful program. People are all connected looking for joint actions. Without new alliances, we will not be able to get out of this hole. This partnership between the Vladimir Herzog Institute and Sesc is important for conducting conversations that are inspiring ”, he said.

Festival schedule

The opening of the Festival of Culture in Human Rights, on Sunday, will be with a show by Chico César, at 19h. On Monday (8), the International Women’s Day, there will be a special agenda focused on the theme, with the screening of the film Kunhangue Arandu – The Wisdom of Women“.

On the same day, the debate “Women and resistance: narratives to break silences” will also take place, at 5 pm, with Conceição Evaristo and pedagogue Maria Clara Araújo, and mediation by journalist Semayat Oliveira. The day will end with the singer Tássia Reis.

During the week, the festival will also show 11 feature films, including the winner of the Best Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival, The Mountain Range of Dreams, by Patrício Guzmán. The Chilean filmmaker will also participate in the debate “My north is the south: Latin American portraits in cinema”, on Thursday (11), at 5 pm.

The program also features 26 short films and, in music, the repertoire will also include the collective Baile em Chernobyl, formed by artists who use funk to empower peripheral youth. Indian rapper Kunumi MC closes the event on the 14th.

On the 13th, at 5 pm, the debate “We are the land: the rights of nature and the future of humanity” will be held, which will receive the activist and writer Ailton Krenak and the award-winning photographer Sebastião Salgado, who will reflect on the challenges and the urgency to think of the rights of nature as human rights.

The event is held in partnership with Sesc, the Ação de Rua project – SP, the Ethos Institute and the Vladimir Herzog Institute, together with the Free Journalists, Mundo Pensante and Projetemos. The complete program can be seen on the official website of the event.

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