Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in South America with a population of over 212 million people. Brazil’s coastline along the Atlantic Ocean spans 7,400 kilometres. Brazil is famous for its stunning beaches, the world’s largest jungle and the Amazon River.
Brazil is a country of contrasts and the level of inequality is the highest in the world. Around 25% of the population lives in poverty.
In addition, violence, at home, in schools and on the streets has a negative effect on the lives of children.
SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children and young people without parental care, or at risk of losing it, in Brazil since 1967.
Poverty has never been higher in Brazil. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the income of families already living in poverty or on the edge of poverty. Children and young people are the most affected by monetary poverty.
Although in some areas, the situation is slowly improving, round 25% of the country’s population live in poverty, with 13.5 million living in extreme poverty.
The education system in Brazil was already in need of improvement when the COVID-19 pandemic started. This made the educational situation worse for all children, but especially those who lacked access to technology so that they could keep up with online learning.
With 29% of young people out of school, training or work, the educational system needs to be become more inclusive. It also needs to be more responsive to the needs of the employment market.
Around 12 million people are unemployed in Brazil.
Young people are among the worst affected by unemployment. There are around 47 million young people between the ages of 15-29 in Brazil. Of those, an estimated 14% of the unemployed are between 14 and 17 years old. These are mostly apprentices.
Among those aged 18 -24, the unemployment rate is 26%. It is hard for young people to find a well-paid and stable job.