Klabin’s Sowing Education units 700 teachers and employees from local public schools
The project supports the administration and improves the performance of 65 schools in Telêmaco Borba, Ortigueira and Imbaú, benefitting 11,000 students
Paraná, August 29, 2019 – Some 700 teachers, principals and employees of public schools in the cities of Telêmaco Borba, Imbaú and Ortigueira gathered last Friday (23) for the first event to raise awareness on the municipal phase of Klabin’s Sowing Education program, which works to support the schools’ administration and to improve the cities’ K-12 Education Development Index (Ideb). To foster engagement, the lecture “Classroom Management – Building Paths to Significant Learning” was given by Júlio César Furtado dos Santos, a professor at Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) who holds a doctoral degree in Education Sciences and a master’s degree in Education and Psychopedagogy.
Developed in partnership with Interação Urbana, a technical consulting firm specializing in public and education administration, Klabin’s Sowing Education program should benefit some 65 schools, 1,000 teachers and 11,000 elementary school students in the region. In the program’s first phase, which targeted state public schools, the Ideb index improved by an average 23% in the cities benefitted, outpacing the average of Paraná state and Brazil’s national average.
“At this point it is important to reinforce this partnership that brings together teachers, employees, civil servants in general and the private initiative to focus on what has become a consensus of the country’s key need: education. And this commitment is described in Klabin’s Sustainability Policy,” said Uilson Paiva, Community Relations Manager at Klabin.
The project prepares students to deal with the challenges of the globalized market, which requires equitable, inclusive and high-quality education. To achieve that, it proposes the development of competencies among educational and school administrators and social mobilization to support education, which should leverage improvements in student learning. The project is supported by the creation of an Education Development Arrangement (ADE), which enables local schools to find collaborative solutions to their various teaching and learning challenges.
“We will work with school administration, educator training and good educational practices, while also dedicating some resources to the physical structure of each school, seeking to enhance the role that administrators play in the school, while also training teachers to work in the various fields of knowledge,” said Mauro Zanin, a partner at Interação Urbana.
“We already participated in the project when Sowing Education was working with state public schools, and it was fantastic. Our indicators improved, and so did our understanding of school administration. At the time, we worked with schools in the same cities, which helped to secure gains for students and gave us an idea of what we could improve and develop within our state public schools,” said Gisele Fabrício Carneiro Vieira, technical assistant at the Regional Education Center of Telêmaco Borba.
About the project
The project Sowing Education was initially implemented at state public schools, through a partnership with the Paraná State Education Department. Applied at 31 schools in Telêmaco Borba, Ortigueira and Imbaú, it benefited over 11,000 students in the sixth to ninth grades. The results were very positive. The K-12 Education Development Index (IDEB), which is calculated based on the students’ knowledge of Portuguese and Mathematics (Brazil Test) and school flow (pass rate), registered the following improvements in the three cities from 2015 to 2017: Telêmaco Borba (41%), Imbaú (16%) and Ortigueira (13%).
Klabin is Brazil’s largest producer and exporter of packaging paper, the leader in the corrugated board and industrial bag packaging segments, and the only company in the country offering one-stop shop solutions in hardwood, softwood and fluff pulp. Founded in 1899, Klabin has 17 industrial units in Brazil and one in Argentina. In Paraná alone, Klabin has generated over 10,000 direct and indirect jobs in more than 25 cities close to its operations, especially in the Campos Gerais region.
Klabin pioneered the adoption of mosaic-based forest stewardship, which consists of planted forests interspersed with preserved native forests, forming ecological corridors that help to maintain the biodiversity. Klabin’s forest area in Paraná totals 342,000 hectares, 142,000 of which are native forests. Klabin also maintains an Ecological Park in the Monte Alegre Farm in Telêmaco Borba for research and conservation purposes, which provides shelter and rehabilitates wild animals that are the victims of accidents or abuse, thus supporting the efforts of environmental authorities. It also helps to preserve the region’s flora and fauna, including endangered species.
Klabin’s management is entirely guided by Sustainable Development. Klabin has implemented most of its social and environmental programs in the Campos Gerais region, notably Social Forests – Planning Sustainable Properties, Legal Forests, Solid Waste Project, Growing Up Reading, Caiubi Program, Força Verde Mirim and Environmental Protectors.
Klabin also supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is a signatory to the UN Global Compact and the Brazilian Pact to Eradicate Slave Labor, and seeks suppliers and business partners that share its values of ethics, transparency and respect for sustainability principles.
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