In Mato Grosso do Sul, an Odebrecht Agroindustrial initiative has given public school students the opportunity to learn more about the process of transforming sugarcane into ethanol, sugar and energy. It is called the Educanvisa Project, a partnership between the Business, through the Social Energy Program, and the Costa Rica Department of Education.
In September, the Costa Rica Unit received 80 children from the 2nd to 9th grades, together with public school teachers, who came to learn more about their operations. The idea is to include hands-on classes within the context of the academic areas of History, Geography and Sciences.
“Being part of the city's social, economic and environmental context, we were invited to train teachers and students and build an even stronger relationship between the Business and municipality," explained Luis Gaião, responsible for People and Administration at the Taquari Center, which includes the Costa Rica and Alto Taquari Units. "It is a major opportunity to strengthen our ties with those residents living near our operations," he said.
Teachers and Students
The partnership began with the training of 35 teachers, focused on the Business' agricultural and industrial processes. After that, over 1,000 public school students took part in fun activities at the Salto do Sucuriu Municipal Natural Park in Costa Rica, where they enjoyed forest trail walks, listened to a lecture, played recreational games and prepared the soil to plant sugarcane seedlings.
Kleber Albuquerque, Leader at the Taquari Center, explained that members of the Unit have given lectures at the schools about the Odebrecht Agroindustrial operations and their benefits for local development. “The city has several different projects implemented in partnership with us, through Social Energy," said Albuquerque. "We are proud and satisfied with the results achieved with Educanvisa," he said.
The Costa Rica Unit generates some 1,200 direct jobs, produces nearly 300 million liters of ethanol per harvest and exports over 260,000 MWh of clean electric energy into the community.