The coronavirus pandemic has brought many uncertainties and challenges. Despite all the adversities, the AIPI Institute, maintained by International Paper, continued to reinvent itself in 2020 with new partnerships and investments in the order of R $ 1 million, impacting more than 30 thousand people across the country.
“Education in Brazil and especially in public schools has been greatly impacted by the pandemic. For this reason, in partnership with International Paper, the AIPI Institute donated more than 55 thousand sheets of Chamex paper to 22 schools in the communities of which it is a part, including rural schools ”, comments Tamara Natale, executive manager of the AIPI Institute.
To expand its reach, the Institute became part of the Grupo +Unidos network of associates, a collaborative, non-profit social investment fund, formed by large companies operating in Brazil, in partnership with the United States Diplomatic Mission. “The union of Instituto AIPI, Grupo +Unidos and all the companies in the chain reinforces that when there is a common cause, it is possible to enhance projects to transform people’s lives”, says Natale.
The online course Art at BNCC was another novelty from last year, offered in partnership with Instituto Arte na Escola, free of charge, to 1,500 art teachers from the public school system. The learning trail brought together exclusive videos, interactive resources, documentaries and complementary materials, which allowed teachers to learn about and be inspired by the strategies presented to deal inventively in Art classes, in order to engage their students to be protagonists in the processes of creation.
The Formare AIPI School and the Essay Contest remained part of the Institute’s range of projects, encouraging more and more young people to assume the role of protagonists in their lives through Education.
In total in the 2020 class, 50 students will graduate from the Formare AIPI School and will receive the Industrial Production Assistant certificate issued by the Iochpe Foundation and by the Federal Technological University of Paraná (UTFPR), valid throughout the national territory and recognized by the Ministry of Education. Education and the Ministry of Economy. Due to the pandemic, the classes were taught in the distance learning model with the support of volunteer educators.
“In 2020 alone, the 112 volunteer educators, 50 tutors, the Board and a team of 18 volunteers who assist in the governance of the AIPI Institute made three thousand hours of their time available for the project. This is a source of great pride for IP ”, comments Natale. The students also participated in Mire-se no sample – a program with 50 senior IP leaders who are dedicated to helping students’ development, through monthly meetings – and the Protagonize your Career program, in partnership with Consultant Amanda Solomon, where students go through personal and professional development sessions, and learn to plan their goals in an easy way to apply in their daily lives.
In 2020, for the first time, the Writing Contest of the AIPI Institute had national coverage and took place in the online format. The competition received 33 thousand entries and corrected 30 thousand essays, which made it the largest contest in the country in terms of corrected essays. “Even though it happened online, half of the participants sent the handwritten text, reinforcing the importance of the role in quality education. The Contest is one of the oldest in the country and is focused on preparing for ENEM. With these results, we are sure that many of the participants are able to achieve excellent results in the exam, being able to change their destinies through education with citizenship”, reinforces Natale.
Since 2018, the AIPI Institute has partnered with the Newsroom Online and, this year, it also had the support of more than 27 State Secretariats and 3,000 public schools to make the project happen, in addition to the institutional partnership with the Chamex brand. .
The theme of the essay was “How can each person be an active citizen to change the reality around them?”. An evaluation panel chose the three best newsrooms and the authors received purchase vouchers for the purchase of books and school supplies. The 100 best placed students, on the other hand, won a 12-month online lesson plan on the Online Writing platform.
“Participating in the AIPI Institute’s Writing Contest was a unique experience and one that I will take throughout my life. I was motivated to participate by my Portuguese language teacher and also by my family. Thanks to the contest, I was able to improve my writing skills and learned to have more confidence in myself. I am very grateful to everyone who took part in this project ”, celebrates Ana Lívia Barbosa de Lima, from Águas de Lindoia (SP), winner of the Contest.
The AIPI Institute is maintained by International Paper do Brasil and focuses on investing in transformation projects in the communities. He is responsible for projects that impact communities and that increasingly encourage the formation of active citizens, offering the necessary structure for a good intention to become a good action. In these 14 years of existence, more than R $ 13 million have been invested in various projects, with 320 thousand people impacted throughout Brazil. Check out more information about Instituto AIPI on the website www.institutoaipi.com.br.