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.
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.
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
The Advisory Board of OP.Edu – Observatory of Education and Training Policies met on 13 May 2023.
The main objectives of the meeting were:
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
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.