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Environmental Education Project takes part in “Clean Field Day”

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International Paper Institute brought the EEP (Environmental Education Program) to National Clean Field Day. Held by Coplana, Agroindustrial Cooperative, the event took place in Jaboticabal (SP) on August 16.

Aimed at raising awareness among public school students about environmental conservation, the initiative gathered over 2,500 students ages 9 to 14 from the cities of Jaboticabal, Guariba, Dumont, Pradópolis, Santa Ernestina and Taquaritinga, all in the state of São Paulo, at the Cora Coralina Events Station.  There they saw demonstrations and learned about a series of good environmental conservation and reverse logistics practices used by companies in the region where they live.

International Paper was at the “National Clean Field Day” activities, explaining paper production and waste management processes, work that is constantly enhanced by the company to lower environmental impacts.

Demos were set up at stations, in the format of a “Science Fair.”

Students were advised on disposal of agricultural product packaging, reuse or transformation of different types of materials, and other initiatives.

The curious students saw all of the explanations at the stands they visited. They were able to learn a bit more about the importance of recycling and reuse of resources as a way to reduce environmental impacts.

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The importance of nutrition and healthy eating habits in Brazil

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In Brasília, in early May, the Centre of Excellence against Hunger – a partnership between the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Brazilian government – held a workshop on nutrition.

Guest researchers are held debates on eating standards and the dizzying rise in ultra-processed food in Brazil. According to the Michele Lessa, who represented the Ministry of Health at the debate, this topic is currently the biggest public health challenge in the country, since it is related to an increase in obesity and chronic non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

It was mentioned at the conference that the damage of an unbalanced diet has an enormous impact, especially in low income communities; however, regions with a high rate of development are also not immune to this problem.

It is believed that heart disease, cancer and diabetes account for over half of the deaths in Brazil and unhealthy eating habits are the main causes for growth in these illnesses in society.

The debate was not only aimed at reflecting on the quality of food, but also on the significant results that Brazilian nutrition is showing in fighting malnutrition and other challenges today, such as obesity and excessive weight.

During the event, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) discussed research in Brazil on biofortification – a natural genetic evolution technique that raise the micronutrient content in zucchini, rice, beans, cowpeas, cassava, corn, sweet potatoes and wheat and which could improve the quality of the Brazilian diet.

At the workshop, the director of the Centre of Excellence against Hunger, Daniel Balaban, highlighted the importance of sharing experiences and lessons learned with other countries, to therefore find solutions to these problems that the country is experiencing.

Institute based on current topics – One of the programs at International Paper Institute discussing the theme of healthy eating is Nature and Body. The program, which started in 2013 in the city of Três Lagoas (MS), is aimed at restoring cultural standards in order to raise awareness and engage young people with healthy and sustainable practices.

The program carries out activities with 6th to 9th grade students, who discover the importance of a healthy diet and enjoy a community garden located at the school. These young people therefore become protagonists in conserving and growing plants.

For 2017, the project plans to expand the gardens installed at participating institutions in order to grow production and distribution to the local community and other schools in the region.

The program works with proposals aimed at reflecting on the environment and food sustainability around the world. This work contributes to these young people’s education as well as to the environmental conservation of the planet.

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IIP opens registrations for Formare 2017

05-formareRegistrations for the FORMARE selective process at International Paper in the Mogi Guaçu, Luiz Antônio and Três Lagoas regions will be open from October 11 to November 3. For the first time, the selective process at the three IP units will be integrated, with several new facets.

The professional training course is a supplement to regular schooling, with classes given Monday through Friday during the daytime at International Paper factories. A total of 50 openings (20 openings for the Luiz Antônio and Mogi Guaçu/SP pulp and paper units and 10 for the paper unit in Três Lagoas/MS) will be available.

FORMARE: How it works

Launched at International Paper in 2010, the Formare School Project, developed by Fundação Iochpe, offers professional education courses for young people from low-income families, with certification recognized by the Ministry of Education (MEC) and issued by the Federal University of Technology – Paraná (UTFPR). Teachers are International Paper professionals who help to train students and prepare them for the challenges of getting their first job through an exchange of experiences.

For a better understanding, please watch the video.

Below are the candidate requirements and the test day for each unit:

TRÊS LAGOAS/MS

  • Young people whose birthday falls between January 1, 1999 and December 31, 2000;
  • currently enrolled in their junior and senior years at a public High School in 2016;
  • average per-member family income of one minimum monthly wage salary;
  • May not be a sibling, child, step-child, grandchild or direct dependent of an IP worker;
  • reside in the city of Três Lagoas.

Test: November 10, at 1:30 PM, at the UFMS Amphitheater – Campus I (Rua Cap. Olinto Mancini, nº 1662 – Bairro Colinos – Três Lagoas/MS).

MOGI GUAÇU/SP

  • Young people whose birthday falls between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 1999;
  • currently enrolled in their senior years at a public High School in 2016;
  • average per-member family income of one minimum monthly wage salary;
  • May not be a sibling, child, step-child, grandchild or direct dependent of an IP worker;
  • reside in the city of Mogi Guaçu.

Test: November 10, at 1:30 PM, at Faculdades Integradas Maria Imaculada (Rua Paula Bueno, 240 – Centro – Mogi Guaçu/SP).

LUIZ ANTÔNIO/SP

  • Young people whose birthday falls between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 1999;
  • currently enrolled in their senior years at a public High School in 2016;
  • average per-member family income of one minimum monthly wage salary;
  • May not be a sibling, child, step-child, grandchild or direct dependent of an IP worker;
  • reside in the cities of Guatapará, Luiz Antônio, São Simão or Santa Rosa de Viterbo.

Test in Guatapará: November 10, at 8:30 AM, at the “Jornalista Gavino Virdes” Elementary School (Rua Valdemar Stoque, 258 – Jd. Alvorada).

Test in Luiz Antônio: November 10, at 1:30 PM, at the “Cel. Arthur Pires” Elementary School  (Rua Nilo Peçanha, 132 – Nova Guatapará).

Test in São Simão: November 10, at 7:30 PM, at the “Prof. Agenor Medeiros” Elementary School  (Rua José Silveira, 954 – Bento Quirino).

Test in Santa Rosa de Viterbo: November 10, at 1:30 PM, at the “Conde Francisco Matarazzo” Elementary School  (Rua Sete de Setembro, 250 – Centro).

The content of the tests will be Portuguese language, math and an essay. Candidates must be in attendance 15 minutes prior to the start time and be in possession of a photo ID (RG or Driver’s License), pencil, eraser and blue or black pen. Cell phones or calculators may not be used.

The Formare selective process will take place over a total of 5 phases.

  • Online registrations;
  • Test;
  • Group dynamic;
  • One-on-one interview and tour of the International Paper factory;
  • Home visit.

The selective process starts with registrations in October, followed by eliminatory phases until early December, when the list of accepted candidates will be released. Classes are set to start in March 2017.

 

 

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Supportive Beekeeping: project optimizes use of forests and raises income in several regions

Generate income for regional beekeepers. This was the idea behind Supportive Beekeeping. The project, which since 2011 has fostered honey production in International Paper eucalyptus forests in the cities of Luiz Antônio, Mogi Guaçu, Altinópolis and Brotas, all in the state of São Paulo, is now showing very positive results. Over 40 tons of honey have already been produced in these regions, benefitting 24 beekeepers and 2 coops that have partnered with the project.

That is the case of the Beekeepers Coop of the Ribeirão Preto Region (COOPERAPIS). Its president, José Antônio Fernandes Monteiro, explains that the partnership with IPI was established in 2012 and confirms that the initiative has been a success. “Working with the Institute has significantly helped my coop. Nearly all of the areas where we usually work became sugarcane fields. Eucalyptus saved our business,” he says. And it was not just the coop that benefitted. According to Monteiro, the entire region benefitted financially from Supportive Beekeeping.

Monteiro also underscores that although the financial aspect is the most important aspect, the goal is set by nature. “How much we extract doesn’t depend on the will of producers. Nature indicates the volume we take and, therefore, what our earnings will be,” he says. In 2013, for example, honey production in International Paper forests was nearly 6 tons. While because of abundant rains in 2014, beekeepers reached production of over 40 tons. Because of a lack of rain in 2015, production fell again.

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In December, COOPERAPIS is returning to its activities in the eucalyptus fields and will put out a forecast for the new honey crop soon.

BENEFITS – The partnership between International Paper Institute and honey producers brings lots of benefits to all of the communities involved. The project also offers a chance for coops to sell honey to distributors as well as within IP units. That was the case in 2014, when the surplus production resulted in stands being set up at company factories for producers to sell their honey.  IP employees also get a jar of honey in their holiday baskets at the end of the year.

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FORMARE action benefits elderly in need in the São Paulo heartland

International Paper Institute, through the FORMARE School Project, is carrying out a charity initiative to benefit elderly people in need at the Padre Longino de Mogi Guaçu Home for the Elderly (162 kilometers from São Paulo). The 60 senior citizens living at the institution will receive clothing, non-perishable food and personal care products raised ruing a drive held at the International Paper factory located in the region.

The initiative included participation from Project students and is being supervised by Jéssica Pires, a Human Resources Analyst at IP and a volunteer educator in FORMARE‘s Communications and Relationship class.“Every year, the students do a project geared towards raising social awareness at a charity organization. This time, we chose to help a retirement home,” explains Jéssica.

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For Jéssica, who is a former FORMARE student, supporting the Project is very gratifying. It means donating what you once received. Jéssica is also moved when talking about her work with the young people: “Because I went through FORMARE, I end up seeing myself in the students. Last year, they chose me as their class godmother for graduation. So I felt responsible for showing these young people that they can in fact climb the social ladder in life and fulfill their dreams,” she says.

 “Each small volunteer effort, when done with love, transforms anything…”

Making a difference through volunteering: that is what Jéssica is dedicated to. The HR Analyst says that with the last class, she filmed her students at the start of the course. At the end, she showed them the video, and they were surprised by their own transformation. That is because the classes she gives at FORMARE contain content that goes beyond theory.  “What the students learn in the classroom, they bring to their lives,” she says, talking about how her focus is on developing entrepreneurial, remarkable and resourceful personalities. “I’ve heard the story of a student who was unable to talk for more than half an hour with his mom. He thanked me later, because the course loosened him up.”

This student’s achievement was the result of Relationship classes, whose goal is to develop the student to present themselves in the labor market. This is when group exercises are done that work on shyness, articulate conversation and posture. “I like to use different dynamics. Because I’m in the Human Resources area, I can convey a more well-founded idea to them of how to leave their mark,” she says. In Communications classes, the young people not only receive basic tips on Portuguese language, but also instructions on how to write reports and invitations and put together institutional, instructional and formal texts.

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The FORMARE Project has been transforming the lives of many young people since 2010, and Jéssica talks about the care that IPI dedicates to preparing these activities: “Each small volunteer effort, when done with love, transforms anything – even the hardest things.” She uses this statement to give thanks to all of the Project’s volunteer educators, especially to Renata and to students Larissa and Matheus, who proved to be born leaders during the course.

Next classes – Registration for 2016 ended on November 6. Those selected have gone on to the next stages, which include group dynamics and visits by IPI professionals to their homes.

More information: www.institutoip.com.br/formare

Carnaval

Healthy and safe celebration

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Carnaval is one of the year’s most anticipated dates, with four days to travel or enjoy the celebrations at one of the street parties or parades. Nevertheless, it is also a time when people forget to take some essential measures which can put health and well-being at risk when ignored.

Body care

Many people forget that participating in Carnaval celebrations mid-summer requires extra attention to your body. As is the case during the hottest times of the year, during Carnaval celebrations you need to stay hydrated and drink more water than usual. This is especially true if you are drinking alcoholic beverages, which dehydrate the body. Having water or sports drinks, fresh juice or coconut water between drinks is most recommended.

People also forget to eat while partying, which is when the body gets tired and needs nutrients to withstand the marathon of Carnaval. If you are unable to take your meals at regular times, the best option is to go for light food that is rich in vitamins and proteins and eat a substantial breakfast that can sustain your body for the rest of the day.

Garments that protect your skin are also important when you are getting ready for Carnaval. Use light clothing and comfortable shoes, avoiding any discomfort. Wearing glasses, hats and caps during the day is also a good idea. Lastly, using sunblock and protective lip balm is fundamental when you are under the sun.

Stay safe

Another reoccurring topic during Carnaval is drinking and driving. It is not currently uncommon for hundreds of people to be caught driving drunk, causing confusion and, oftentimes, serious accidents.

If you are planning to drink, a good option is to leave the driving to friends who are with you. Choose a designated driver each day so everyone can get home safely. If you still want to enjoy yourself and drink, the best thing to do is leave your car at home and take public transportation or a taxi.

In addition to traffic safety, the use of condoms is a must. Condoms prevent AIDS and transmission of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and other sexually transmitted diseases as well as unwanted pregnancy.

To enjoy a healthy Carnaval, do not forget to also check if your vaccinations are up to date. This is a time of year when the country is full of tourists and transmission of diseases in places where people are concentrated becomes even more frequent. There is also a risk of injury from beverage bottles or cans and of getting an infection. Be conscientious and enjoy all of the revelry.

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Pay attention in traffic and try to be rested when hitting the road. During last year’s Carnaval, the Federal Highway Patrol saw federal highway accidents decrease by 22%, which is great news. Even so, every four and a half minutes they took a drunk driver off the road. That is why paying attention in traffic and practicing defensive driving is fundamental.

Enjoy Carnaval without going overboard!

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A new view of philanthropy

What does “love for humanity” mean to you? Talking about philanthropy leads us to think about donations by major charity institutions, but “philanthropy means giving time and talent, not just money,” says Katherine Fulton, president of the  Monitor Institute, an institute whose aim is to help leaders solve social and environmental problems. 

In 12 minutes, Katherine talks about concepts that cause us to rethink the basic tenets of philanthropy and how we see them in our reality. She mentions Wikipedia, one of the biggest research and search tools, which was created by volunteers. Quoting Clay Shirky (writer and teacher who studies the effects of the internet on society), she uses this example of cooperation to say that “great things can be done through love.”

“If we don’t develop the strength to preserve all of this, it will no longer be a passing fad.” Having said this, Katherine talked about the new way for philanthropy to organize: a free, large, fast, connected and long-lasting model. This transformation requires time and dedication, with enough strength to resolve the social and environmental challenges at hand.

“Imagine a picture of all of you. Think about the community that you want to help create. It doesn’t matter what this means to you. And I want you to imagine 100 years in the future, and your grandkids, great grandkids, or nieces and nephews or godchildren, they are looking at this picture of you all. What is the story that you most want them to tell?”

Click here to see the full video.

 

Formare Três Lagoas: list of those accepted to second phase of selective process

International Paper Institute (IIP) is holding the selective process to choose the next class for the Formare project. The initiative is done in partnership with Fundação Iochpe and offers qualification and specialization to low-income youth in the region, where International Paper has a paper factory.

Ten students will be selected to receive stipends and benefits offered by the company. The project, which offers educational guidance based on Ministry of Education (MEC) recommendations, provides young people with qualification and specialization and helps them to get their first job. It also contributes to integration into society as citizens and professionals. The 10-month long course is given by volunteer IP professionals. Training is also promoted to share some of their successful experiences in the job market.

In the last week, (week of June 3,) over 60 adolescents took a test, the first of three stages in the selective process.

Below are the names of those who have passed to the second stage:

Aderaine Silva de Oliveira
Alariane Lourice Aguiar Palomares
Aliffer Dutra
Amanda Aparecida Chiarelli Bombacini
Amanda dias Lopes
Amanda Eloiza Sampaio da Silva
Ana Carolina Xavier da Silva
Ana Lívia Bonfim Ribeiro
Anna Carolina Sandrim Nascimento
Arielli Pereira Messias
Augusto Lino dos Santos
Caio Beltamo de Souza
Daene Camila Moreira da Silva
Dâmaris de Jesus Moreira dos Santos
Daniel Henrique X. dos Santos
Felipe Alves Aragão
Gabriela Gimenes Pereira da Hora
Gleice de Souza
Hélen Bianca Alexandre Mariano
Heloisa da Silva Pelição
Hércules M. Lopes Ferreira
Karen de Paula Lima
Lara Ferreira dos Santos
Leillane Marques Leoderio
Luana Alves Araujo
Ludmilla de Oliveira Eubank Basilio
Luiz Henrique Moreno do Nascimento
Marcela Taynara Gonçalves Corrêa
Marcelo Guimarães Yamamoto
Maria Aparecida dos Santos Alves
Mariana Nauilha da Silva Batista
Marillyn Anne De Oliveira Ferro
Matheus Martins Azevedo
Matheus Moreira de Souza
Natália Lima Pereira
Núbia Batista da Fonseca
Patrícia da Silva Crispim
Paulo Victor Ferreira Pereira
Rauan Jorge Nogueira
Rayssa Lizandra Felix Nunes
Rithielle de J. Soares
Samuel Alexandre Pereira Garcia
Shirley De Lima Bezerra
Thais Lissa Nascimento
Thiago Moreira Martins
Whashington Patrick Barbosa de Oliveira

 

The second stage will take place on June 17, at the UFMS Campus I (Avenida Capitão Olinto Mancini, 1662 – Bairro Colinos, Três Lagoas – MS). Candidates who have passed must bring a photo ID.

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IIP takes part in national Campo Limpo Day in Jaboticabal

On August 25, International Paper Institute (IIP) took part in a trade show to celebrate National Campo Limpo Day (or DNCL, its acronym in Portuguese). Celebrated on August 18, DNCL is a date created to celebrate the good results in reverse logistics of empty packaging for agrochemicals in Brazil and recognize the links in the Campo Limpo System chain: farmers, reseller and coop channels, manufacturers and the government.

Because of the work developed by IIP in the Environmental Education Program, as well as IP’s commitment to collaborating with environmental conservation in the communities where it operates, the Center for Receipt of Empty Agrochemical Packaging (Coplana – Guariba/SP) invited IIP to take part in the show, showing the work done in the Environmental Education Program (EEP), which takes place weekly at the Luiz Antônio and Mogi Guaçu/SP units.

The expo took place at the Cora Coralina Events Center, in Jaboticabal/SP, where various companies and institutions showed work related to the environment. IIP featured a model showing the paper production process, focused on the importance of preserving natural biomes and the relevance of planted forests and habitat corridors.

Over the entire day, the show welcomed 1,200 students from schools in eight cities in the region. The event was held by Coplana and the National Institute for Processing Empty Containers (Inpev), with the support of the Jaboticabal Municipal Secretariat of Agriculture, Supply and Environment.

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Amazon Day: the challenge of protecting our biggest forest

Celebrated on September 5, the main goal of Amazon Day is to raise awareness among people about respect for this important storehouse of our planet’s natural life. The date was chosen in honor of the creation of the Province of Amazonas, by Emperor D. Pedro II, in 1850.

At a size of over five million kilometers, the Amazon is a biome covering nine countries: Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela and French Guyana.

Because it sees forming ecological awareness geared towards environmental conservation as a way of collaborating with the planet, with the support of the federal government through the Rouanet Act, International Paper Institute (IIP) created the Guardians of the Biosphere project in 2005.

This project is aimed at 1st to 5th grade students at public and private schools throughout Brazil. It is made up of a series of animated films that discuss plant and animal life in Brazilian biomes. The last film in the series, launched in 2013, talks about the Amazon.

In addition to providing kids with information, IIP also does training with municipal education system teachers in the cities of Luiz Antônio and Mogi Guaçu/SP, aimed at helping them to multiply the materials available in the project kit.

The kit contains a DVD with all of the episodes in the series and an almanac with information on each biome, in addition to proposals for fun activities to be developed in the classroom. Kits were distributed to over 36,000 schools nationwide. The episodes are also part of the programming on TV Escola, a Ministry of Education educational channel, and are available for download, free of charge, online at www.guardioesdabiosfera.com.br.

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IIP holds travelling edition of EEP in Altinópolis

On September 4, International Paper Institute(IIP) held a travelling edition of the Environmental Education Program (EEP) in the city of Altinópolis/SP, where International Paper (IP) has a forestry unit. The program was done at the Carmem Miguel Viccari School, located in the rural area of the city. This learning institution was chosen because of its great location, coexisting very well in the middle of nature, with teachers and students very engaged with environmental causes. During the entire morning, 212 pre-school to 5th grade students, 10 teachers and the school principal took part in playful and recreational activities, as well as in talks about what International Paper is, where the company operates and how it develops its activities, from creation of eucalyptus seedlings to paper production. This is the fourth time that the Carmem Miguel Viccari School has participated in program activities. According to the principal, Silva Eni Fiori Calese, the school “loves to take part in the initiative because all of the activities are geared towards environmental awareness. This helps a lot in supplementing the work already done by teachers in daily activities. That is why we ask IIP to take part every year.” Everything is a party to the kids! “They love it, because it’s a different activity. The games with monitors are developed and oriented towards working on environmental conservation. Because this is a rural school, we have lots of space; so we can do lots of things,” says the principal.

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Held in the cities of Luiz Antônio and Mogi Guaçu, the project takes students to a class inside of an IP unit. There, they learn the main stages involved in pulp and paper manufacturing, as well as about the interaction of this process with the environment. Visits to the program take place weekly during the entire year. The project was initially created with a focus on primary school students and teachers, but over time it also began to include not only early childhood education and high school students, as well as special education students, the elderly and undergraduate and graduate upperclassmen in the environmental area, among others.

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Travelling Book City Project comes to Paulínia

From September 21 to 25, International Paper Institute (IIP) will hold the Travelling Book City project at Avenida João Aranha Sports Gym, in Paulínia.

Book City is a playful theater space, with strong visual appeal, but what makes it different is that it is highly educational.

Developed to instill an interest in and habit of reading in children from a young age, at the Book City kids do various educational activities that allow them to interact with the literary world and develop the pleasure of reading. Games also work with topics such as health, environment, cultural diversity, ethics and citizenship.

During the week, presentations are geared towards public elementary school students in the city. And on Saturday, September 19, there will be a special program just for professionals from the Paulínia unit and their kids.

International Paper Instituteinvites everyone to embark on the magical world of books and take part in this day of fun and learning.

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Book City reaches 4,000 students in Paulínia

In September, International Paper Institute (IIP) held the Travelling Book City project for the first time in the city of Paulínia. The activity took place from the 21st to the 25th at the Avenida João Aranha Sports Gym and reached over four thousand public school students.

One of the program’s goals is to encourage the habit of reading in kids and adolescents through a playful and creative environment. For Lucilene Prado, a teacher at the elementary school and a member of the Educational Department at the Secretariat of Education of Paulínia, the project contributed to the reading work done in the city. “The Travelling Book City is enhancing what we have done based on a didactic that uses presentations and stories to capture children’s attention,” she says.

The project has a playful theater space, with strong visual appeal; what makes it different is that it is highly educational.

Teacher Cristiane Nunes, also a member of the Education Department, saw all of the activities developed during the afternoon. For her, the project was very positive for the entire city. “All of the structure allowed for a greater number of students to be served and it was something new in the city. The event met all of the Secretariat of Education of Paulínia’s expectations,” she says.

In the project space, the visiting students learn the importance of books, covering topics such as: ethics, diversity, health, the environment and citizenship. “I think that if everyone supported these initiatives, today we would really have a better Brazil, with a different type of education. Projects like this International Paper Instituteone help to develop education,” says Cristiane.

The Travelling Book City is held every two years by IIP.

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