Vale Foundation’s projects and initiatives are developed and structured on Education, Basic Health, Productive Inclusion, and Social Protection, and include five Knowledge Stations. The projects are implemented in the territories in which Vale operates. On this page, you can learn more about the projects and filter considering the theme, the state or the city of operation.
The Doing Sciences Project is an initiative of the Vale Foundation, in partnership with the Educational Community ( CE CEDAC), aims to reflect on new ways to teach and learn Science and Mathematics in the municipal school system of Itabira, allowing students to be protagonists of their learning and to discover pleasure throughout this process, giving Science and Mathematics real meaning.
To achieve this goal, Doing Sciences provides for the systematic training of elementary school teachers and other professionals, such as the staff of the Municipal Secretariat of Education, school managers, and pedagogical coordinators. Besides the educators’ training, it is equally important that the students have access to situations and materials so that they can investigate, think, and systematize new knowledge. In this way, the project also provides content and materials for schools, contributing to the development of investigative activities of real problem situations with students in the areas of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
The Educational Territories is an initiative of the Vale Foundation, in partnership with Cidade Escola Aprendiz, which seeks to develop actions for social protection and integral development of children and teenagers in situations of violation of rights through the provision of educational opportunities and individualized and permanent psychosocial care, with the objective of combating the processes that lead to school exclusion.
With the support of The Knowledge Station, the project offers pedagogical follow-up to children and adolescents to carry out school activities, articulating schools and the municipal and state education network in the city of Marabá, Pará.
Health Cycle Social Protection
The Health Cycle Program contributes with complementary actions to those developed by the municipalities, with a focus on strengthening Primary Care and through technical cooperation for the qualification of Family Health Strategy (ESF) teams in topics related to attention, prevention, and health promotion. In partnership with the Center for Health Promotion (CEDAPS) and the municipal secretariats, the initiative also includes the supply of instruments and furniture that help improve diagnosis and clinical practice, which leads to improved care and compliance with the right to health in the territories.
The Inova Up Program was inspired by the merger of the programs of the Entrepreneurship Center of the Amazon with the AGIR (Income Generation Support) Program to train young entrepreneurs with a focus on sustainability and guide some of these young people to the opening of their companies monitoring their performance for the first quarter of operation.
The program is implemented by the Entrepreneurship Center of Amazon and has Wheaton Precious Metals as an investor partner.
The Knowledge Stations are spaces that offer educational, cultural, and sports activities for children and teenagers from 6 to 17 years old, during after-school hours. Its political-pedagogical projects and schedules are designed to contribute to the integral development of the people served, fostering creativity and innovation, and strengthening the articulation of partnerships between public entities and civil society, valuing the characteristics of each region.
Among the activities offered are language and digital media, music, dance, capoeira classes, and sports such as football, athletics, and swimming. Reading and audiovisual rooms and collections are also available. There are five Knowledge Stations, located in the municipalities of Arari (MA), Brumadinho (MG), Serra (ES), Marabá, and Tucumã (PA).
The Literacy Trails Program seeks to contribute to the full literacy of children in public schools in the 24 municipalities located along the Carajás Railroad, in Maranhão. The actions include training the technical teams of the State and Municipal Education Secretariats, educators, and the mobilization of the school community for literacy. The initiative is carried out in partnership with Consórcio Intermunicipal Multimodal (CIM) , Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) and the Government of the State of Maranhão.
Literary Routes and Networks
The Literary Routes and Networks Program supports public schools to structure the policy of promoting books and reading and to integrate reading actions in the curriculum. The program promotes access to books and reading through the expansion of the schools’ literary collection and the formation of teachers in reading mediation, in addition to improving the rooms and reading corners of schools. Cidade Escola Aprendiz, Instituto de Arte Tear are implementing partners of the program. The Sotreq and Wheaton Social Institutes are social investor partners of the initiative.
The Networked Territories Program aims to identify the main challenges related to the development of municipalities, proposing a set of actions to ensure the confrontation of school exclusion and to carry out an in-depth diagnosis of the challenges and the articulation of governmental and non-governmental sectors for the development of policies and initiatives in the different areas. The initiative is carried out with the support of Cidade Escola Aprendiz, Wheaton Precious Metals, Grupo Hidrau Torque (GHT), Komatsu e Keda”, who are partners of the program.
Women of Maranhão Network
The Women of Maranhão Network is a collective formed by the social businesses that were incubated, accelerated, and graduated by the AGIR Program executed on the Carajás Railroad (EFC). The social businesses that make up the Network are formed mainly by women, who commercialized products through the EFC passenger train window. With the train modernization, in 2015, the windows were closed, and these women lost their main source of income. “AGIR Program” supported the groups in their reinvention in the face of the new scenario and encouraged network associations. As a continuation of the “AGIR Program”, the Women of Maranhão Network, gains protagonism through the dynamization of its productive activities, integrating groups of babassu nut breakers to the Network, and accessing new markets. The implementation of the program and business support is carried out in partnership with Mandú Inovação Social and the project has Wheaton Precious Metals as an investor partner.