Tabata Amaral

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Tabata Amaral
Tabata Amaral em março de 2019 (cropped).jpg
Amaral in 2019
Federal Deputy for São Paulo
Assumed office
1 February 2019
Personal details
Born (1993-11-14) 14 November 1993 (age 25)
São Paulo, Brazil
NationalityBrazilian
Political partyPDT
Alma materHarvard University

Tabata Claudia Amaral de Pontes (born 14 November 1993) is a Brazilian political scientist, education activist and politician. She is currently a federal deputy for São Paulo. A member of the Democratic Labor Party, she was the sixth-most-voted candidate in the state, with 264,450 votes in the 2018 election.

Tabata Amaral is a co-founder of the political organizations Movimento Mapa Educação,[1][2] and Acredito.[3][4]

Graduated in political science and astrophysics from Harvard University, she represented Brazil in five international science competitions, and was also a columnist for Rádio CBN and Glamour magazine.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Tabata Amaral de Pontes is the daughter of Maria Renilda Amaral Pires, a domestic worker, and Olionaldo Francisco de Pontes, a bus collector. She has a younger brother, Allan. They were raised in Vila Missionária, a poor neighborhood located in the South Zone of São Paulo, on the outskirts of the city.[7][8][9]

Tabata Amaral received her primary education in local public schools, where, in sixth grade, the 12-year-old Amaral participated in the 2005 edition of the Brazilian Public School Mathematics Olympiad (OBMEP). On her first time taking the test, she won a silver medal.[10] At age 13, due to her good academic performance and after receiving a gold medal at the 2006 OBMEP, she obtained a full scholarship at Colégio ETAPA, a private school in São Paulo, where she completed her secondary education. In the following years, she represented Brazil in international chemistry, astronomy and astrophysics Olympiads.[11]

In 2012, Amaral was offered admission to six prestigious universities in the United States, and a full scholarship was offered to all: Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania and California Institute of Technology, and at the University of São Paulo.[12][13][14]

Academic life[edit]

Amaral holds a degree in Political Science from the Harvard Department of Government. By the same institution, she has a degree in Astrophysics, her minor academic option.[15]

In her thesis,[16] she elaborated a political analysis of educational reforms in Brazilian municipalities, in which she argued about the expansion of access to education in Brazil in the last two decades as a result of a federal education reform, but its quality would remain poor according to international standards.[17][18]

Amaral graduated with full honors and received the Kenneth Maxwell Senior Thesis Prize in Brazilian studies and the Eric Firth Prize for the best essay on the theme of democratic ideals for her thesis.

After her graduation, she returned to Brazil to work on her social activism.[15][19][20][9]

Political career[edit]

2018 election[edit]

For the 2018 general election, her campaign was mainly centered on education.[21] She was the sixth most-voted candidate in the state of São Paulo, receiving 264,450 votes.[22] She is a member of the Democratic Labor Party (PDT).[21]

Deputy[edit]

Amaral voted for reforming the Brazilian Previdência social security system, which would raise the retirement age for men and women, going against the PDT's opposition to the reform.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mapa Educação". mapaeducacao.com.
  2. ^ Fabio Takahashi, Três jovens criam movimento por educação de qualidade e protagonismo, Folha de S. Paulo, 7 November 2017
  3. ^ Grupo de jovens lança o 'Acredito', um 'MBL progressista', Folha de S. Paulo, 28 March 2017
  4. ^ "Líderes Cívicos do Movimento Acredito" (in Portuguese).
  5. ^ "Jovem apaixonada por educação estreia na CBN". CBN (in Portuguese). 2017-10-03.
  6. ^ "Conheça o projeto que faz do primeiro voto algo divertido, educativo e fácil". Glamour. 2018-04-29.
  7. ^ "Garota prodígio da periferia, Tabata Amaral é a 6ª deputada federal mais votada em SP". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). 2018-10-08.
  8. ^ "Tabata Amaral: Jovem da periferia de SP que chegou a Harvard sonha em mudar educação e entrar para a política". BBC. 2017-12-17.
  9. ^ a b 'Tabata Amaral: a mudança pela educação, Portal Dialogando, 21 July 2018
  10. ^ "OBMEP abriu as portas do mundo para Tabata Amaral" (in Portuguese). IMPA. 2017-08-18.
  11. ^ Vanessa Fajardo, 'Supercampeã olímpica', jovem de SP quer estudar astrofísica em Harvard, Portal G1, 4 November 2011
  12. ^ "Jovem da periferia de SP passa em Harvard e outras 5 universidades dos EUA". O Estado de S. Paulo. 3 April 2012.
  13. ^ Vanessa Fajardo, 'Supercampeã' entra em Harvard e em mais 5 universidades americanas, Portal G1, 1 April 2012
  14. ^ Aluna da rede pública é aprovada em seis universidades americanas, Bom Dia Brasil TV Globo, 10 April 2012
  15. ^ a b "Interview with Tabata Amaral de Pontes, co-founder of Movimento Acredito". David Rockefeller Center For Latin Studies. Harvard University. 2018-04-05.
  16. ^ Tabata Amaral de Pontes, The Politics of Education Reform in Brazilian Municipalities, Harvard University, March 2016
  17. ^ Paulo Saldanã e Natalia Cancian, Estagnado, Brasil fica entre os piores do mundo em avaliação de educação, Folha de S. Paulo, 6 December 2016
  18. ^ Ana Carolina Moreno, Brasil cai em ranking mundial de educação em ciências, leitura e matemática, Portal G1, 6 December 2016
  19. ^ Tabata Amaral: A dona do sonho gigante para mudar a educação no Brasil, Huff Post Brasil, 1 April 2018
  20. ^ Mariana Bonora, 'Voltei para lutar por uma educação de qualidade no Brasil', diz jovem formada em Harvard, Portal G1, 20 May 2018
  21. ^ a b Cerioni, Clara (March 28, 2019). "De Harvard ao Congresso: quem é a jovem deputada que deu lição em Vélez". Exame. Grupo Abril. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  22. ^ "Apuração: São Paulo". Uol. October 7, 2018. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  23. ^ "Ciro diz que movimento de Tabata é 'partido clandestino' e que ela faz dupla militância". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). 2019-07-13. Retrieved 2019-07-23.