Workers, Education, and Social Change in Brazil

  • William J. Mello Indiana University
Keywords: Social movements, unions, education, Latin America


This article examines how Brazilian labor organizations developed educational programs that simultaneously confronted the issues of large scale illiteracy, particularly among young workers, while at the same time seized the opportunity to educate new generations of social movement and labor activists. Specifically, it explores the educational program Projeto Integrar, organized by the National Confederation of Metalworkers (CNM/CUT), and its importance for the broader process of political transformation presently underway in Brazil.

Author Biography

William J. Mello, Indiana University
Associate Professor, Indiana University - School of Social Work, Department of Labor Studies