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Independence Day

Today it’s Brasil independence day – yeah, people, here we write our country’s name with "s". If you want to learn more about history you can go there, facts, names and dates are pretty correct. But the fact is we still have too many things to do before considering ourselves truly independent. OK, we’ve great scientists, actors, teachers, athletes, people who elevate our self-esteem. We’re proud of them, but there are lots of things to be done which would make us feel better too. We still need to control better our economy. We still need to provide better education to our kids and young people. We still need to take better care of our senior citizens. We still need to have a better health system. We still need to create more jobs, there are so many unemployed people!! I know I’m really blessed – I could study and get my college degrees before looking for a job, I always ate decent meals, my parents could pay for doctors and hospitals whenever it was necessary. I can buy good clothes and shoes, go out with my friends, I have two computers at home – a huge part of our population barely finished high school, most of them had left it because they had to work. Public schools are horrible (there are exceptions, of course, but most part of them are that way), just like public hospitals. The minimum salary here is about 85 dollars – are there are many people earning that (and barely surviving with that) each month. Well, I really hope things can change during my life time, I’d love to see my country as a developed one, where inhabitants are respected and proud to be Brazilians.


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Sep. 8th, 2004 04:59 pm (UTC)
i don't know half enough about South America. When I did my History degree at university, there were no courses available on South America, so I just know what I've picked up from books, newspapers, television documentaries etc. Recently, I've been reading a lot about China, a country I know little about, but my next project will be learning a lot more about South America and Central America. Thank you for providing the weblink with information about Brazil.

Adriana, did you get your QaF tapes yet? I posted them ages ago.
Sep. 12th, 2004 05:40 am (UTC)
There are many things we don't learn at school too, Mat. I mean, we study World History and Geography, but it seems there's never enough time to study those subjects deeply. It's good to have internet now, everyone can keep studying by himself/herself, if s/he wants.
By the way I got the tapes today!!! I'm so excited, I'm going to watch them as soon as my parents leave living room, where our VCR is - I'm not sure if it's something one can watch with his/her parents (US QaF isn't, that's it... LOL)
Sep. 13th, 2004 05:27 pm (UTC)
Yay! You got the tapes. I hope they aren't too incomprehensible for you.
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