In an act held at the University of São Paulo (USP) on Monday night (15), former president and PT candidate for the Presidency of the Republic Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva recalled his achievements in the area of education and also highlighted the importance of the 2022 elections. Along with former Minister of Education and former mayor of São Paulo Fernando Haddad and other personalities, he stated that the country will have to define which model will be adopted from 2023.
“It is our responsibility to say which country we want,” Lula said. “We don’t have the right to be quiet with the destruction that is going on in this country. We have to scream, protest, and on October 2 we have to vote. held at the Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences (FFLCH).
Lula also highlighted some of the main problems facing the country, drawing attention to the situation of the job market. “Jobs are getting unskilled, the wage bill is falling,” he said. “Everything has gotten worse, even for those who are working.”
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Inclusion at university
In his speech, Lula also highlighted the need for investment in education. “I remember that when I was going to say that we needed to make universities, a Minister of Finance always came saying: ‘President, there’s no money, we can’t spend it’. I said: if we can’t spend, stop talking about spending on universities , because university means investment in the future of this country.”
The former president also spoke about the need to include even more people in Brazilian higher education, noting that in his administrations at the head of the federal government there were initiatives in this direction. “We realize that the color of universities has changed and it needs to change more, because this is the real country. And it is the country we need to build, with more diversity.”
In his speech, Lula also provoked the current president by inviting him to debate at USP. “I want to come here all the time. And it doesn’t even have to be one party thing, there can be two or several. Bolsonaro could come here to have an election debate. He won’t come because he doesn’t like students, because the Minister of Education of him said that the university cannot be for everyone, but only for a small part.”
Editing: Glauco Faria