September 14, 2020

Klabin adapts Caiubi Program during pandemic to operate its environmental education program virtually

Developed in partnership with local education departments, the project trains teachers on environmental responsibility

São Paulo, September 8, 2020 To continue supporting the development of responsible and ecologically conscientious citizens, even with the physical distancing imposed by the pandemic, Klabin adapted its Caiubi Program to an online learning format and maintained its training for teachers on various topics related to environmental responsibility. The Caiubi Program, which is carried out in partnership with local education departments, works to disseminate the concepts of environmental conservation in the classroom. Since its creation, the program has benefited over 4,600 teachers, 445,063 students and 2,471 schools in the states of Paraná and Santa Catarina and in the city of Feira de Santana, in Bahia state.

The training programs for teachers in the municipal school systems never stopped with the restrictions imposed by the novel coronavirus, but instead changed their delivery model given the impossibility of on-site meetings. The digital environment, with virtual rooms, substituted the facilities of the Klabin Ecological Park in Paraná and the Caiubi Auditorium in Santa Catarina for hosting the program’s lectures and workshops in a distance-learning format.

In Paraná, two virtual workshops were administered by teachers from the Telêmaco Borba Campus of the Federal Institute of Paraná (IFPR). The first covered how to produce non-toxic paints from organic materials present in our everyday lives, while the second taught how to craft origamis of endangered species of fauna from the Brazilian Cerrado, using a technique that makes them resemble sculptures. The two workshops attracted 60 teachers and educational coordinators from the public school system of Telêmaco Borba.

“I really enjoyed the experience of the live streams. Both professors created great energy in the content they prepared, and I thought the idea was so good that I even suggested we have more opportunities to learn how to do positive things like this in person too. It’s good to have contact with new concepts and possibilities, because that helps us to plan classes using this distance-learning model, which is still very new to us. And the kids love the interactive activities, with the feedback always positive,” said Kitty Gisele Endo, head of the Educational Programs Section of the Municipal Education Department.

Meanwhile In Santa Catarina, the central theme of the two online lectures was “Wildlife.” The first, called “The path from trash to animals” was administered by Pedro Volkmer de Castilho, a biologist and doctor of Zoology, who covered proper waste management; while the second was led by Vilmar Picinato Filho, a forestry engineer and doctor of Forest Stewardship, who discussed environmental preservation, with the title “Fauna of the Araucaria Forest and Klabin’s monitoring activities.” The virtual meetings brought together 82 teachers from all over the state.

“The 33rd edition of the Caiubi Program in Santa Catarina brought home the harsh reality of our environment and the distress caused to marine animals. It also showed Klabin’s commitment and conservation efforts guided by a policy of sustainability and protecting species, which is aligned with our aspirations as educators and disseminators of the urgent need to live in harmony with nature, since we are an integral part of the ecosystem,” said Elenita Lourenço da Silva Geratti, an elementary and kindergarten teacher at the schools E.B.M. Olintho D’Àvila Mesquita and C.E.I. Pingo de Gente, in Correia Pinto, Santa Catarina. 

Caiubi Program in Bahia 

The city of Feira de Santana in Bahia state will host the second edition of the Caiubi Program, on September 17 and 24, with the support from the Federal Institute of Bahia (IFBA). The virtual meeting will dive further into the topic of solid waste, covering the impact of improper waste management on pollution in maritime and river environments as well as on biodiversity.  It is estimated that 50 teachers from municipal schools and from the IFBA will participate, which should directly impact over 300 students in the city.

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