The work had the contribution of about 300 thousand reais invested by TCP and meets a demand from the community.

TCP, the company that manages the Paranaguá container terminal, held on November 22 the reopening of a school on the Island of Amparo, Paraná coast. The institution underwent a major renovation with the support of Fundepar (Paraná Institute for Educational Development) and the State Government, and received approximately 300 thousand reais from TCP.

The demand to remodel the Antonio Paulo Lopes state school arose as a result of the participatory socio-environmental diagnosis (DSAP), carried out within the scope of the environmental education program for the community, linked to TCP’s environmental licensing. In this DSAP, the communities neighboring the Terminal were consulted, and from this dialogue came the project for the construction of the school in Amparo. Currently, the 70m² space has two classrooms, an administration room, a kitchen, and restrooms (male and female) with accessibility.

The island, which is 30 minutes away from Paranaguá, suffered from the precarious school structure for the children and teenagers who live in the community. Now, with the work finished, the school will expand the access to education and serve, including, students from other locations such as Piaçaguera and Eufrasina, avoiding the daily crossing of the Bay. The institution caters for students between 10 and 14 years old, who are attending from the 6th to the 9th grade of elementary school.

According to TCP’s supervisor of environmental projects, Katlyn Eliege dos Santos, education is an important agent of social transformation that contributes to the development of society. “TCP recognizes the values that a good educational basis generates in society. Thus, it seeks to encourage actions that instruct students to develop their skills, contributing to a good citizen education for students – whether for those who attend elementary and high school, or for those who seek entry into the labor market. Thus, education is used as a tool for social development, capable of transforming realities,” he said.

For the school’s director, Cecília do Rocio Correa, the reform of the educational institution will make a significant difference in the lives of the island’s students. “Now the students will have classes in an adequate physical structure, protected from the cold, wind, and rain, they will pay more attention in class and will not need to go to the community kitchen to make their snacks,” she said.

Among the works carried out in the school are the construction of an administration room, two classrooms, a kitchen, besides male and female toilets with accessibility.

Other TCP initiatives

In 2021, TCP supported more than 60 socio-environmental and economic projects planned or under execution. The company invested one million reais in socio-environmental programs, benefiting thousands of people.

TCP also provides free professionalizing courses for the communities of the Paraná coast, and the topics are suggested by the residents themselves. By November 2022, six courses have already been held in five communities, serving more than 50 people. In partnership with SESC, instructors and the necessary materials are sent to the communities, making access easier for the families on the islands and providing training that can have an impact on the income of the residents.

Mayara Locatelli