Rural Youth Of Maranhão

Rural Youth Of Maranhão
We, the rural youth of Maranhão, Brazil, are facing lots of challenges and uncertainties between “leaving and staying” on the land. “DON’T LEAVE THE LAND TO STUDY, NOR STUDY TO LEAVE THE LAND” (MÔNICA MOLINA).
Video Duration: 
02:37
Creator: 
Maria Antonia Rimá
Date: 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Level: 
Youth
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We discovered that the rural youth in Maranhão are facing lots of challenges and
uncertainties between “leaving and staying” on the land. Among the difficulties in
remaining on the land are the limitations imposed by the restraints placed on land
tenure, low family income and consequently poor investment in production; as well as
the difficulty of accessing public policies.
Rural youth face various challenges in attaining their aims to improve their living
standard and gain access to public policies such as: Education, Healthcare, ATER,

Internet and Housing.
A problem experienced recently was one by a young boy, Geovane Oliveira, who is
studying and needed to do a school task. He lives in a rural area and was in need of a
computer and access to the internet to do the task. But, like so many others, he did
not have access and this created a problem that was only resolved when a friend took
him to the city where he was able to do the work. This is only one of the many cases
One of the principal focuses at the moment that is being widely debated is access to
the Internet in rural areas. It is one of the great problems, because country youth do
not have access to the Internet. Other factors are the extremely poor quality of
education, of houses, of roads and street lighting; among many others which need to
be improved. In 2015 youth from Maranhão and from all over Brazil came together
with various organizations and gathered in front of the Esplanada dos Ministérios to
demand their rights
“DON’T LEAVE THE LAND TO STUDY, NOR STUDY TO LEAVE THE LAND”
(MÔNICA MOLINA).

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