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Thinking about Education with Amílcar Cabral


OP.edu participated in the Meeting The thought of Amílcar Cabral and Education, which took place on 25 May, the date that marks the Africa Day, established by the United Nations in 1972.

Ângela Benoliel Coutinho (Researcher at IPRI – Portuguese Institute of International Relations), Julião Soares Sousa (Researcher at CEIS20 – Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies) and Fernanda Marques (former Minister of Higher Education, Science and Culture of Cape Verde and former Minister of Education and Sports of Cape Verde), shared the results of their research and reflections on the work of Amílcar Cabral, for whom Education was a determining factor in the process of development and social transformation of the material living conditions of societies.

The Meeting was attended, among others, by doctoral students in Education and Sociomuseology, as well as teachers, researchers and students of the  Licentiate Degree in Education Sciences – Social Education of the Lusófona University – University Centre of Lisbon.

It was a first approach on the thought of Amílcar Cabral to Education, which will continue from October 2023, with other dissemination and training initiatives that will count, in the tasks of organisation and public communication, with the participation of OP.Edu.

Seminar Higher Education in Brazil: expansion, inclusion and permanence | May 16, 2023 – 2:30 PM | Room 2, CES | Alta


The seminar has as theme the Public Higher Education in Brazil, addressing in particular two issues: expansion and dropout. On the first aspect, it aims to make a regionalized analysis of the expansion  of the Federal Institutions of Higher Education in the territory with reference to the volume of enrollment and the profile of graduates. By publishing a detailed examination of the regional profile of in-person undergraduate students, we expect to demonstrate the significant contribution that this public policy of higher education has made to the process of social inclusion, research and professional training in Brazil.  Dropout will also be addressed, problematising the current use of definitions and measures to evaluate institutions. Such uses have often been aligned with a quantitative, fiscalist and with a markedly colonial perspective.


  • Expansion, inclusion and internalisation of Federal Institutions of Higher Education: an inconclusive project for Brazil | Eduardo Nunes Guimarães (Professor at the Institute of Economics of the Federal University of Uberlândia, post-doctoral visiting researcher at CES)
  • When is dropout a problem? Reviewing public policies for higher education | Leonardo Barbosa e Silva (Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences of the Federal University of Uberlândia, post-doctoral visiting researcher at CES)

This seminar is part of the activities of Op.Edu | Observatory for Education and Training Policies, in partnership with CC.EDU | Working Group on Citizen Science and Education

Meeting of the OP.Edu Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of OP.Edu – Observatory of Education and Training Policies met on 13 May 2023.

The main objectives of the meeting were:

  • To take stock of the research and public science activities carried out within the framework of the direction’s current mandate;
  • Present the 2023-2024 Activities Plan to the Board Members;
  • Collect suggestions for improvement and the development of outputs.

New teachers’ protest | OP.Edu researcher on CNN Portugal

The government’s response to the teachers’ demands has not been sufficient. “The central issues have not been resolved”


OP.Edu researcher comments live on CNN Portugal about the teachers’ protest on 25 February 2023


National teachers’ protest: OP.Edu researcher comments the topic on CNN Portugal



The researcher and co-director of OP.Edu, Teresa Teixeira Lopo, was back on CNN Portugal for a live comment on the national teachers’ protest held in Lisbon on Saturday, February 11, in which eight other trade union organisations (SIPE, ASPL, Pró-Ordem, SEPLEU, SINAPE, SINDEP, SPLIU and STOP) participated, in addition to Fenprof and the National Federation of Education (FNE).

The analysis focused on issues related to the teaching career, the access to the profession, the valorisation of teachers’ professional knowledge, the social representation of the public school, perspectives of negotiation and consensus that may be found between the trade unions and the Ministry of Education.