Curriculum Reform in Brazilian Primary Education: Creating Global Citizens

Abstract

In a globalized and universal civilization, it is not enough to produce individuals who can count, read, and write. Effective global citizenship requires nurturing respect for others, and acting against racism, discrimination, and intolerance and also, developing skills related to issues inherent to global problems of a socio-political and environmental nature, including understanding and respecting universal values of tolerance, respectability, discipline, perseverance, diligence, as well as respecting the Brazilian cultural institutions and the World Heritage. This article presents a reform proposal for the National Curriculum Base (BNCC), with the insertion of Global Citizenship Education as a mandatory course, an unprecedented initiative. In addition, this article provides scholars with a new perspective on Elementary Education in Brazil, helping students to become constructive global citizens.

Keywords: global citizenship education; Brazilian elementary school; fundamental education

DOI: https://doi.org/10.37745/bje.2013/vol10n162340

Article Review Status: Published

Pages: 23-40 (Download PDF)

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