"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." (Nelson Mandela)
According to the "Pesquisa Nacional por Amostra de Domicílios (PNAD)" - an official census research - carried out by the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística - IBGE, one quarter of the Brazilian population is at school age.
Below are some statistics based on the people who are out of school:
18.31% are children between the age of 4 and 5;
3.3% are children between 6 and 14;
16.7% are teens between the age of 15 and 17.
According to the IBGE, 9.6% of children from age 15 and above are illiterate. There is also what we call in Brazil: functional illiterate, people who are able to read and write but do not have the minimum skills required to develop either personally nor professionally. This group represents 27% of the total population. The remaining 73% of the population represent the different levels of education. Only one in every four Brazilians has a good level of reading, writing and math.
Source: Indicador de Alfabetismo Funcional - INAF.