Olympiad, a monopoly of a few.

banco-imobiliario-cidade-olimpicaThe City of Rio de Janeiro in buying and distributing the game Monopoly: Olympic City in municipal schools in the city. The act is so absurd that generated negative reactions in the population, such as the letter of repudiation of students IPPUR / UFRJ (Research Institute of Urban and Regional Planning of the Rio de Janeiro – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.The letter seeks the law of Guidelines and Bases of Education that determines, in its second paragraph that “Education, duty of the family of and of the State, based on the principles of freedom and the ideals of human solidarity, aims at the full development of the learner, his preparation for the exercise of citizenship and his qualification for the job, “, to show that the toy does not contribute to the intellectual formation of students and citizens about the urban space of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Instead, the game practically naturalized competitiveness for accumulation and speculation when, in its dynamics, generates expectations of economic gains from urban interventions undertaken by the state.

The students questioned why in a play activity over the city, held on school grounds, the principle of “preparation for the exercise of citizenship” is confused with principles that guide and regulate capitalist markets? Why not developed a game that seeks to propagate the basic principles of the City Statute, which “establishes standards of public and social interest that regulate the use of urban property in favor of the collective good, safety and welfare of citizens as well as environmental balance “?

The game encourages the learner to understand the city as a space exclusively market and imposes an ideology based on competition and individual accumulation of material goods. The human solidarity and the collective action are replaced in favor of individual values _. And also, the toy does not stimulate the criticality and competence in solving real problems in Brazilian urban environment, such as unequal access to social infrastructure, public services and housing. It presents a model of the city resulting in a political and economic dominance of a particular group, such as natural and unquestionable to students, ignoring the conflicts that occur in urban areas around the struggle for decent housing and equal access to equipment and public collective use.

Our mayor, Eduardo Paes, collects acts that motivate the repudiate acts of the population, acts with clear and elitist interests of promoting enrichment and privilege of dominant class.

In the end, what will be the result of the Olympics and the World Cup for the population of Rio? So far it seems to be obscure and built upon great social injustice.

Beth Sarlo

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