Social Projects December 10, 2018

Klabin expands Growing Up Reading project in Rio Negro, Paraná

Klabin’s social responsibility program helps children entering elementary school to get more familiarized with reading

Paraná, December 10, 2018 – Klabin’s Growing Up Readingproject has just arrived at two more schools in Rio Negro, Paraná, benefiting more than 500 children with 900 books recommended by the Ministry of Education. In partnership with the NGO United Way Brasil and Avisa Lá Institute, the company delivered reading corners to two schools – the Centro Municipal de Educação Infantil Tia Fani and the Escola e Centro Municipal de Educação Infantil Ana Zornig – located in the districts of Eucaliptos and Estação Nova, respectively.

The Growing Up Reading project aims to encourage the habit of reading among children aged 0 to 6 by providing them with children’s books and the reading corner, which is entirely decorated and adapted for the students, stimulating their imagination and creativity and contributing to Brazil’s National Pact for Literacy at the Right Age. Each school received a reading corner with 450 books, which ranged from stories and tales to arts, different cultures and poetry. Apart from being award-winning books, these are also recommended by the Ministry of Education for early childhood.

The project has also trained teachers and professionals at the municipal elementary schools on teaching techniques to catch the children’s attention and tips on practical use and creation of reading corners by teachers, reinforcing the importance of a playful and welcoming space that favors concentration and coexistence. In addition, during the reading corners delivery event, a workshop on storytelling was held for parents.

In 2017, two other education centers, in Bairro Alto and Vila São Judas Tadeu, received the Growing Up Reading project, which so far has benefited 800 children and trained 51 professionals in the city of Rio Negro.

The Growing Up Reading project has already reached 26 cities in seven states where Klabin has operations. To date, over 10,000 children have benefited from the initiative, with some 18,000 books donated and more than 630 primary education professionals trained.

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