Over het muurtje kijken: 2 documentaires over de relatie geld en onderwijs in Rwanda en Brazilië

Deel 1: Het belang van partnerschappen voor onderwijs in Rwanda

UNESCO estimates that 20 billion dollars are needed to achieve basic education in low income countries. Where can we find this huge amount of money, and how can it be spent ?

In the first part of this Learning World episode, we take a look at one organisation with an innovative model in Rwanda:

Rwanda’s government has significantly stepped up education spending over the past decade – and the country has the highest primary school enrolment rates in Africa.

“The Rwandan government is extremely committed to the development of the education system,” says Subrata Dhar of the Global Partnership for Education.

GPE is supports education initiatives in 61 developing countries around the world.

Rwanda joined the GPE in 2006 and has received four grants since then. Around 175 million dollars (155 million euros) has been disbursed to Rwanda in total.

Watch more to find out how Rwanda is shaping its future by investing in education.

Deel 2: Lenen om te studeren in Brazilië

Deciding to take a on a debt in exchange for a degree is a huge decision. In Brazil, where public schools are competitive and private schooling is costly – are private loans the solution?

Meet Camila, a 26-year-old Law student from Sao Paolo. She works as an intern in a lawyer’s office and then goes to take night classes at University.

Government support for higher education is decreasing due to budget cuts. Thus, more and more students like Camila borrow money from private student loan companies.

The CEO of Ideal Invest, Carlos Furlan, said that private student loans are absolutely crucial in order to fill the gaps in public funding.

“The two systems of loans coexist. Because, particularly in Brazil, many students need financial support to go to university. Without both the public and private systems, it wouldn’t be possible for every student who lacks resources to go to university,” Furlan explained.

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