Formare students honor volunteers and family at graduation ceremony

Ceremonies were held on December 13, 14 and 19

December marked the end of IP Formare activities, bringing with it the feeling of a duty accomplished and good memories, with the 46 students graduating the course in Mogi Guaçu (SP), Luís Antonio (SP) and Três Lagoas (MS) saying farewell.

_MG_0031Mogi Guaçu – The 19 students at the unit kicked off the graduation festivities on December 13. The ceremony highlighted the work of volunteer educators (VEs) José Carlos Alexandre Barbosa, named outstanding VE and the class counselor, and the class paranymph Jhonathan Pimenta, recognized for his performance and his friendly relations with the young people.

The speaker chosen by the Mogi Guaçu students was Gustavo Borges, who thanked his colleagues for their partnership during the months of Formare classes, in addition to recognizing the work of the volunteers. The graduate paid a brief homage to all of his family members at the Espaço Gênesis, the location chosen for the ceremony.

image006Luiz Antônio – The following day (14), the ceremony was held for the Luiz Antônio (SP) unit class. The 17 graduates gathered at Espaço Indaiá, in the city of Ribeirão Preto (SP), to celebrate the end of one stage and the start of a new professional future.

The speaker, Júlia Souza, spoke about the lessons the entire team learned during the year and gave thanks for the opportunities the project provided her and the friends she made. Graduate Rafaela Duarte gave a speech honoring the volunteers and student Marcelo Alves thanked all of the families on behalf of the entire 2017 class for their support during Formare.

Trainee Gabriella Pavanelli was chosen as the “breakout star” VE at Luiz Antônio. Her first time in Formare, she was responsible for the Basic Math class and thanked everyone for the opportunity and lessons she learned alongside the students. VE Claudecil Prado was the outstanding veteran of the night; he has worked with the project since the first class in 2011, accompanying the growth of not only the students year to year, but also of the IP Formare program as an instrument to transform the lives of the region’s young people.

In addition to Gabriella and Claudecil, Administrative Supervisor Wagner Cortez was also honored. He was responsible for the Environment and Corporate Organization class, acting as a tutor in the Aim for the Example program, where executives choose a student to tutor. In addition, he set aside time for one-time meetings with each project student. That is why the Luiz Antônio class chose him as the VE Friend of the Class.

Três Lagoas – In Mato Grosso do Sul, the ceremony was held on December 19 at the Triunfo Eventos space. Student Natalya Moreira was the speaker, representing the unit’s 10 students. She thanked the VEs for their dedication and her classmates for sharing their knowledge. Cleisla Martins highlighted the dedication of the Volunteer Educators, represented by Otávio Rodrigues, chosen as the class counselor.

Student Juliane Ribeiro recognized the work of the Três Lagoas class paranymph, Helder Carvalho, chosen for his good relationship with the 2017 class. The students chose their classmate Lincoln Batista to thank their families.

The night’s honorees handed out the diplomas and gave the young people words of encouragement to continue to do well in their studies to move forward professionally.

The event was attended by local IP leaders, the President of the Institute, Leandra Ferreira Leite, and by the Social Responsibility Manager, Gláucia Faria.

Teachers and students grow gardens and consume organic foods at public schools in RS

A total of 8 institutes joined the project. The goal is to reach 19 schools in 2018

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Divulgação: G1

Planting, caring for and harvesting organic food from the garden, to eat during school meals and even take home. That is the purpose of the Education & Sustainability Project in Carazinho, in northern Rio Grande do Sul, with eight public high schools joining the program, which just reached the end of its first year.

The initiative by teacher Rodrigo Berté consists of creating and maintaining mandala gardens (circular with various crops) at public schools. To do this, teachers were trained to cover topics such as environmental education in the classroom. The goal is to teach students to take better care of the environment.

The benefit is that planted products are organic and are used in students’ school meals. Within the institutions, composting units were developed for waste. The action includes partnership from the city’s Specialized Promoter of the Environment, the International University Center (Uninter) and the Municipal Secretariat of Education and Culture.

According to the project’s creator, at some schools, the benefits went beyond healthier eating. Water and power consumption fell by 25% over the year.

A mission – Saving water and energy for a more sustainable world is an IP Institute commitment. In 2017, the Guardians of the Water Project alone was able to cut water waste in schools in the Luiz Antônio (SP) region. Winning institutions were able to build cisterns to collect and reuse rainwater, creating savings on water costs.

But it did not stop there. Nature and Body, a program working with the concept of the garden in the school environment, had its first harvest in October and benefitted centers supporting homeless people in Três Lagoas (MS). Around seven kilos of vegetables were harvested and received by Vera Helena, the Social Assistance Secretary, at a special event at the Joaquim Marques de Souza school.

The IP  sustainability report shows the company’s good practices in different indicators, such as: natural resources preservation and savings, occupational safety, personnel management, community actions, and more. You can access it at

Formare Project trains approximately 50 young people for the job market in 2017

The goal of the project is social transformation by educating young people

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Class from Mogi Guaçu (SP)

In 2017 alone, the Formare Project trained approximately 50 young people for the job market. The project has been at IP since 2010, through a partnership with Fundação Iochpe. Students enter the course through a rigorous selective process including exams, group dynamics and interviews. All of the students are from communities neighboring the International Paper businesses in the cities of Luiz Antônio (SP), Mogi Guaçu (SP) and Três Lagoas (MS).

“We are doing more than training socially vulnerable young people; we are helping to change their family base. We believe that by maintaining this project at our factory units, we are transforming the lives of people through example, education and showing them a scenario of opportunities,” says Tomás Fernandes, the project’s coordinator.

Over nine months, classes are given from Monday through Friday voluntarily by IP professionals – known as Volunteer Educators. The project also relies on participation from executives that hold leadership positions and serve as tutors for students through the “Aim for the Example” program.

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Class from Três Lagoas (MS)

“Os alunos são talentos descobertos e podemos lapidá-los, é gratificante! Sabemos que isso só é possível pela estrutura que o Formare proporciona para cada um. Os jovens passam a ter outra percepção da vida profissional e pessoal”, declarou Gabriella Pavanelli, trainee da IP, também Educadora Voluntária do Formare.

Professional Practice

In addition to theoretical classes, students also have the chance to learn about pulp and paper production processes during Professional Practice, where they are monitored by IP professionals and are able to apply the theory they learn in the classroom.

Moreover, at the end of the course, the students receive a certificate, issued by Federal University of Technology – Paraná (UTFPR) and accredited by the Ministry of Education (MEC).

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Class from Luiz Antônio (SP)

“Formare turned me into a better person!  It contributed to my personal and professional development, making me a more communicative person. I now know the value of teamwork and, through Professional Practice, I chose the career I want to pursue. Formare also showed me how important education is and how it is part of achieving my goals,” says Mileny Nomura, 19, a 2017 Formare student.

In its 10 years at International Paper Institute, over 300 young people have gone through the Formare program. The project has taken place in Mogi Guaçu (SP) since 2010, in Luiz Antônio (SP) since 2011 and in Três Lagoas (MS) since 2014. The next classes start in March at the 3 units.

Mogi Guaçu students meet students from Formare Eaton

Companies promote a class interchange to exchange good practices

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The exchange of experiences is an important stage within the Formare School Project. To allow for this interaction in the final stretch of classes in 2017, International Paper and Eaton brought together the students that took part in training at the two companies on October 26 and 27.

On the first day, the 20 young people, ages 15 to 18, who are taking part in the program at Eaton left Mogi Mirim (SP) for a technical visit to International Paper’s Mogi Guaçu (SP) unit. They learned about the industrial processes in the pulp and paper industry and were accompanied by a coordinator and three volunteer educators who work at the automation company.

In addition to factory processes, the students learned more about some of the safety standards at IP. They also had a chance to check out the sustainability initiatives developed by the Institute, through its social and educational projects.

The following day, on October 27, the Formare students at IP Mogi Guaçu had their turn to see the Eaton factory in Mogi Mirim. They learned a little more about the process of manufacturing products for automotive engines, which is one of the company’s business areas. The young people were impressed by the production automation. “Several students said that they would like to work there,” says Ednaldo Linardi, who is an intern in the Corporate Affairs area at IP.

In addition to the technologies employed at the factory, the company’s concern with safety was one of the highlights of the visit. The students paid close attention to all of the instructions they were given during the visit and praised the professionals for their receptive attitude, who explained the details of their areas during the tour.

The two companies also put together a lunch at their respective units to create yet another moment to exchange ideas between students and professionals. It was a chance to have an informal chat about career possibilities and share tips with those taking their first steps along their career path. “The students were very curious and wanted to learn during the two visits, and this is extremely gratifying,” says Ednaldo, who accompanied the classes.