July 31, 2013
Engagement with the community
Park turns out yet another group of environmental educators
A tool for training and informing future generations about sustainable development: between July 18 and 24 the Alumar Environmental Park arranged the 12th edition of its training course in environmental education for teachers from public and non-governmental institutions.
According to Institutional Relations coordinator, Joana Burgos, the objective is to help disclose and produce knowledge about the subject for all areas of education. She explains that in order for a sustainability culture to become a daily practice in people’s lives, it needs to be experienced within the family environment, in schools and socially.
“And the training course is a great opportunity for spreading the concept and practice of sustainable development”, she says.
Some 32 educators took part in the course. Teacher Flávia Souza, the coordinator in community school, “Nossa Senhora das Graças”, emphasizes the importance of initiatives that help train educators: “It’s of inestimable advantage, because we have the opportunity of exchanging experiences with technical experts and acquiring information from them”, she said. The institution is attended by 340 infant and elementary school-children from the Piquizeiro neighborhood in the Anil region. According to the teacher, the association arranges welfare projects for the elderly and vocational courses. “The partnership with Alumar is a demonstration of the company’s responsibility towards the community. In the partnership it has with the Consortium, our association has already developed various projects that were of benefit to the community”. With its extensive program schedule, the Alumar Environmental Park is planning other training courses.
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