For the last two decades, Brazil has done a remarkable job of getting more students into the education system. The REUNI program spearheaded by the Ministry of Education set as its goal to have 680 thousand students in federal higher education institutions by 2018. Jointly with REUNI, PNAES was launched so as to provide financial support for students seeking to enter higher education. The nominal value of investment through this program increased 300% from 2008 to 2012, this was pegged at BRL 500 million.
Brazil, today, is a different scenario to what it was a decade ago. Where past generations had little opportunity to see past secondary education, the prospects of local elementary school were outweighed by a necessity to find manual work and opportunities of labour on the elastic peripheries of the already heaving capitals. Today, social mobility, human rights, equity and access are the increasingly visible hallmarks to a modern Brazil, with progressive numbers accessing higher education institutions, both private and public. In a contemporary world where the global and local are fused in the drive for sustainable solutions, Brazil itself is now emerging as a paradigm of development with new public health strategies, urbanisation, community outreach, social solidarity initiatives, and consequently, emerging spaces for innovation.