Tabata Amaral de Pontes

Country representing





  • Harvard University
  • B.A. in Government with a secondary field in Astrophysics

Current organisation


Current role

Education specialist

Skills and Expertise

Public policy
Social entrepreneurship

Areas of interest

Human Rights
Sustainable Development
Youth Unemployment

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about


In the first half of 2014, based on interviews with over one hundred education leaders, five friends and I launched the foundations of a supra-partisan manifesto called “Mapa do Buraco” ( -38,067,009). With youthful spirit, the document provides diagnostics, reveals exemplary cases, suggests priorities for action and indicates a country's development vision based on the provision of a quality education. The manifesto was launched ( with the support and presence of authorities with different ideological views and the document was discussed with all the traditional media and new media. In the second half of the year, we conducted a series of educational debates during the elections of 2014, including a Sabbath between educational representatives of the then presidential candidates in the second round, summoning them to an active position in relation to Brazilian education. We also articulated the “Desafio Mapa do Buraco”, in which candidates were asked to make a video saying what they would do to improve education in Brazil if they were elected and challenged three other candidates to do the same. We received more than 50 submissions. Our movement helped Brazilian society to be heard. The manifesto has raised an important discussion about the quality of education in major newspapers and media in our country. The strong performance during the 2014 elections impacted and directly called the election debate on education, including the potential on the decision of the voters.