Doors open for the future
We believe in the power of education and know that it is the key to the territory’s transformation. By being aware of our contribution to the local development, we have reinforced our commitment to the development and support of projects and actions aimed to improve the education quality in the cities where we operate. This is done in different fronts of investment: infrastructure with the construction of schools, classrooms and libraries; lending of facilities, such the old building in the forest area to house the University of the State of Bahia (Uneb) in Eunápolis; training for educators; environmental education; and training of professionals in the region with many of them inserted into the labor market, including Veracel. [GRI 103-1, 103-2. 103-3: Comunidade Local]
Teaching in indigenous tribes
We donated school kits for indigenous school students every year in 27 Pataxó and Tupinambá villages in the region where Veracel has operated. The initiative, supported by the National Indian Foundation (Funai), strengthens the commitment to contribute to the education of future generations in traditional communities, besides encouraging the rescue and preservation of the indigenous culture existing in the region.
A project to improve schools in the villages started in 2017. Throughout the year, a team from an Ethno consulting firm – contracted by Veracel, along with the communities and teachers, has mapped the main needs of 28 public schools in the region to define the scope of improvement actions. This initiative – for infrastructure or training – is expected to start in 2018.
Contributing to the illiteracy eradication
In 2016, in order to meet the social movements’ demands with those we have a social agreement, including a sustainable settlement project, we initiated a literacy project. The initiative is based on diagnoses that indicated this need of families integrating the movements and resulted in one of the work axes in the settlements. Using a methodology that the own Landless Movement (MST, in Portuguese acronym) brought from Cuba, self-assessments were made with these families addressing their learning degree, and the project was targeted at people who have self-declared as under-literate or illiterate.
In 2017, we completed the first cycle of literacy in the settlements, involving 240 people. The diagnosis and the posterior new literacy phases will be conducted in 2018.