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Education and Sustainability: Rural Family Home Receives Strategic Support in the Amazon

In the photo, preparation for the assembly with CDS members Rosalina Magalhães, Jovenilde Ribeiro, Cristiana Braga and the consultant from Instituto Interelos Eduardo Nicácio.

Instituto Interelos closely supports the structuring of a future Rural Family House in Porto de Moz, at Resex Verde Para Semper, in Pará

On November 21st, Eduardo Nicácio, consultant at Interelos and specialist in sustainable socioeconomic studies, was at the Verde Para Semper Extractive Reserve (Resex), in Pará. His visit aimed to monitor the election of the new board of directors of the Rural Family House Association of Porto de Moz, a fundamental step towards structuring a new school in the region. The Rural Family House, based on the alternation methodology, is considered a fundamental pillar for the development of the territory, precisely because it enables the training of technicians and future leaders capable of taking on regional challenges and keeping the forest standing. 

Resex Verde Para Semper, which covers 82% of the territory of Porto de Moz, in Pará, is home to 37 communities, where around 13,000 people live. With its strategic location between the Xingu and Amazon rivers, the reserve is vital for local subsistence, including activities such as timber production, extraction of fruits and nuts, animal husbandry and fishing.

Interelos Institute's work in the region seeks to strengthen Resex's value chains, providing technical support in production, organizational, management and marketing processes. The objective is to guarantee the sustainable management of natural resources, access for the traditional population to public policies, empowerment of local communities and advancement in land regularization.

Nicácio, leading the Rural and Forest Education front, was actively involved in the construction of a short and medium term action plan, which includes, in addition to the formalization and structuring of the school, the formulation of a political-pedagogical plan, management training and fundraising for the future school. During his visit to the reserve, he carried out surveys of educational data and the reserve itself, coordinating efforts with entities linked to rural and forest education.

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The dream of building the Casa Familiar Rural de Porto de Moz dates back to the early 2000s, when a management association was formally created. Since then, some classes of students have been completed in rural family homes in neighboring cities, with the help of the association. However, Casa Familiar Rural de Porto de Moz has not yet managed to build its own headquarters. 

However, the recent election of a new board brought renewal and enthusiasm, especially by involving young people from rural family homes in nearby communities, with the initial focus being the regularization of the school's registration and the implementation of the necessary partnerships to enable the functioning of the school. school. 

Nicácio emphasized the relevance of close and coordinated support, highlighting that those involved demonstrate enthusiasm and optimism in relation to resolving outstanding issues.

“This follow-up trip is an opportunity to bring people together and discuss issues in person. It was clear that the people involved expressed interest and assumed responsibilities. They are committed to making this dream come true.”

Eduardo Nicácio

The next step consists of holding periodic meetings to jointly develop an action plan, monitoring its execution through coordinated meetings, mediation and document preparation, in partnership with the coordinated action of the Center for Sustainable Development (CDS).

There is no protagonism without education

In the context of Rural Family Houses in Pará, implementation began in 1995, and although 40 supporting associations were created, only 15 are currently active. The challenge is to promote this educational model at Resex Verde Para Semper, connecting it to the development of the territory and ensuring its perpetuity.

Access to education in the region faces challenges, such as the distance between schools and communities, transport irregularities and the disrepair of the education system. Precariousness contributes to school dropout, generating discouragement and demotivation among students and their families.

Given this scenario, the Interelos program highlights the importance of considering each stage of the investment as a learning opportunity. One of the fundamental premises guiding the simultaneous elaboration of business plans is that effective protagonism can only be achieved through education. This approach is not just restricted to formal education, but permeates the entire investment project, recognizing that everyone has something to teach and, at the same time, something to learn. 

At each stage of the project, from organizing meetings and assemblies to creating a school in the Casa Familiar Rural model or establishing cooperatives, it is crucial to design each initiative as a valuable learning opportunity. In this way, as the strengthening of economic activities advances at Resex Verde Para Semper, we guarantee the construction of solid bases of qualified human capital committed to sustainable development.

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