School in Brazil

school in brazil

What is a day like for children who attend school in Brazil? Follow along with Emido as he shares his day—from getting up in the morning until he lays down at night.

Learn what his house looks like, how he gets to school, and the games he enjoys playing. Then you’ll discover what Emido’s school is like in Brazil. It’s a lot like yours and you’ll see how he studies math too. After school, you’ll see how Emido helps with chores at home and then goes to bed.

The big difference is that school in Brazil has 2 sessions. Some kids go in the morning, while others go in the afternoon. This allows Compassion kids to spend time at their Compassion center too!

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Up, up, and away we go!

It's around 7 a.m. in Recife and time for 8-year-old Emidio to get out of bed and ready for his day!

Let the day begin.

Emidio's house is just one small room (about 8' x 10') that he shares with his mom, stepdad, and little brother. Emidio washes his face to get ready to go to Compassion's center.

Here, gato, gato!
[gahto = cat]

It's almost 8 a.m. and Emidio stops to pet a neighbor's cat on his way to the Compassion center. Emidio will walk for five minutes to get to the center and then eat a breakfast of yogurt, bread and milk.

Oi, amigos!
[oye ah-me-gos = Hi, friends!]

Emidio plays a game with friends. They pass a cup between their legs to the person behind them and then run to the front of the line.

[foote-ball = soccer]

Next, Emidio heads to his neighbor's house to get ready for school. On the way, he plays soccer. At his neighbor's he'll take a shower and eat before school.

Time for escola.
[eh-skole-ah = school]

Emidio's classroom is probably like yours. Everyone has his or her own desk and they are studying math. But take a look at those uniforms. Do you wear shorts to school?

Boa Noite.
[bwah-noy-tay = goodnight]

In the evening after school, Emidio goes home and helps his mom wash dishes. When he's done, he'll spread a blanket on the floor and go to sleep.


Millions of children have to work instead of going to school. Most of the time they work to help their families buy enough food to eat. Many kids who work don't learn how to read or write and can't get good jobs when they get older. Here are some jobs kids do around the world:

Factory worker

These kids often work with dangerous chemicals and get burned or sick.

Quarry worker

These kids cut their skin breaking heavy rocks all day in the hot sun and breathe in harmful dust.

Trash picker

These kids sift through garbage dumps to find recyclables to sell. Chemicals can burn their skin or start fires, rusted trash could cut them, and heavy trash could fall on them.


These kids hang around on dangerous busy streets, selling gum, food or other small items to make just pennies a day.