Empty desks, clear white board: Empty classroom at UERJ (Rio de Janeiro State University).
Keeping a subject mentioned on the last post – Education!
UERJ is one of the main universities of Rio de Janeiro, financed by the local government, the institution is going through hard times in 2016.
There is a sense that education does not seem to be a priority at the moment, as it is not receiving the same level of public investments as other areas related to the Olympic Games. It was shocking to watch new arenas being built while classrooms that can take about 200 students remained completely empty for months.
Annual strikes are the norm here and have been taking place for years in a row. Class actions requesting better (well deserved) working conditions/remuneration paralyze the university for a few weeks every year and affect the progress of students in their graduation. 2016 is an unusual year: the strike started in March, right after the summer vacation, and is still up in August – which means that many students have not had classes since the end of 2015 university calendar!
Photo taken on 03/Aug/2016.