September 09, 2013

Project guarantees greater accessibility for students of the Edir Frayha School


Partnership between the Instituto Alcoa, Case Construtora [construction company] and the municipal administration made it possible to build ramps and specially adapted restrooms for physically handicapped students


The process for the inclusion of handicapped students in public schools is already a reality. But inclusive education of quality requires a school with a complete infrastructure – suitable spaces and trained professionals – in order to receive these students. Aiming to help in this process, the Instituto Alcoa, Case Construtora and the town administration got together to introduce an Accessibility Project in the Prof. Edir Frayha Municipal School. An access ramp, which links the ground floor to the school’s 1st floor, and two specially adapted restrooms have been constructed.

This is the school’s fifth project in partnership with the Instituto Alcoa. The four others were: the purchase of dress uniforms and instruments for the marching band, audio-visual equipment and a gardening project.

The project was officially inaugurated on September 4. Alcoa was represented by Mônica M. Frison, Institutional Affairs Supervisor; and by Daniel T. Franco, Alessandro Milan and Maria Cristina Gonçalves, from the Institutional Relations Lead Team; Case Construtora was represented by Mariah Cabreira, and the town administration by Rosângela Gouvêa Lourenço and Maria Helena Esteves, from the Education Department. Teachers, students and their parents also took part.

Speaking on behalf of Alcoa, Mônica Frison emphasized how pleased the company was to be working in partnership in yet another project that is so important for the community. “In addition to education being one of the priorities of the Instituto Alcoa, our company has paid special attention to projects for the inclusion of handicapped people”, she said.


The school’s principal, Joelma Silva dos Santos, thanked the Instituto Alcoa for its partnership and underlined the importance of the project for the school. “Before, our physically handicapped students had to study in rooms on the ground floor and all activities happened in this location so they could take part”, said the principal. “The access ramp and the specially adapted restrooms have guaranteed that these students have access to all areas in the school. It has also helped improve safety since the ramp will also be used as an emergency exit”.


About the Alcoa Institute


Established in 1990, the mission of the Alcoa Institute is to generate a legacy of sustainability in the communities in which Alcoa operates, through strategic and articulated projects that value and strengthen their potential. The Institute works with programs and actions that encourage corporate voluntary work, among which are ACTION, BRAVO!, Green Works, World Community Services Month program, the Program for Supporting Local Projects and its signature program, known as the ECOA (Community Environmental Education) Program, in partnership with CIEDS [Integrated Center for Sustainable Development Studies and Programs]. The areas considered to be a priority for actions or community projects are education, health, the environment, safety, governance, work and income. Since 1995, the Alcoa Institute, along with the Alcoa Foundation, has invested around R$ 100 million in more than 1,900 projects, which have benefited 39 Brazilian cities and involved more than 1.4 million hours of voluntary work.


About Alcoa


Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. which is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. The company employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries and for the twelfth consecutive year the company is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Alcoa is present in Latin America and the Caribbean where it has operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Suriname and about 7,000 employees.  This year, the company completes 125 years of operations in the world.


In Brazil the company operates in the whole of the aluminum production chain, from bauxite mining to the production of transformed products. Alcoa has six production units and three offices in the states of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and the Federal District. The company also has shareholdings in four hydroelectric power stations: Machadinho and Barra Grande on the border of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul; Serra do Facão in Goiás; and Estreito, between Maranhão and Tocantins. In 2012, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 2,6 billion in Brazil. In the same year it was considered a benchmark in sustainability, being one of the year’s 21 model companies in the Guia EXAME de Sustentabilidade [EXAME Magazine’s Sustainability Guide]. In 2013, it was recognized for the twelfth time as one of the Best Companies to Work and for the second consecutive year the Best Company for Women to Work in Brazil, by the Great Place to Work Institute. Further information can be found at and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at and follow Alcoa on Facebook at