The event took place on October 17 and 18 in Colatina (ES) and 24 and 25 in the region of Vale do Aco (MG)
Schools, municipal governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), affected parties, Basin Committees, members of the Technical Board of Education, Culture, Tourism and Recreation, universities, representatives of the government and the Renova Foundation working together for transformative environmental education, seeking to establish a culture of sustainability for the revitalization of the Doce River.
This is the goal of Program 33, presented during the 1st Forum on Education for the Revitalization of the Doce River Basin, held on October 17 and 18 in Colatina (ES) and on October 24 and 25 in the region of Vale do Aco (MG).
In Colatina, the event brought together about 100 people, who discussed the challenges and future scenarios they would like to achieve with the implementation of the Program. After that, it was time for dialogue with the stakeholders from Minas Gerais. The Forum is to take place every year and is a space for reflecting on education for the revitalization and monitoring of the actions of the Program.
Constructed based on collaborative steps and with the cooperation of several institutions and agents involved in the Education and Revitalization process, Program 33 will have a duration of ten years. The proposed actions will be implemented in 45 municipalities affected by the Fundao dam collapse.
“The Educational Program for the Revitalization of the Doce River Basin was born out of a collective construction process, and in compliance with Clause 172 of the Transaction and Conduct Adjustment Term (TTAC), concerned with the promotion of educational processes that allow more people to know and understand their situation and what produces it, creating collectives to promote the socio-environmental transformations that they believe are necessary. Education is a transversal pillar of legacy of the Renova Foundation and is an inductor for countless other transformations that can be undertaken along the Doce River Basin,” said Juliana Machado, from the Strategy and Long-Term Programs Department of the Renova Foundation.
In the two meetings – in Colatina and Vale do Aco – the public was able to visit the exhibition showing experiences and good practices, where twenty different projects related to the revitalization of the river basin were exhibited. Each booth showcased an experience and the exhibitors were available to explain the actions and results so far. During the Forum, the book “Stories and Exchange of Know-How” was officially launched. The proposal to publish this book occurred when developing the Program. The practices presented in the book are the result of the call for Sharing Experiences and Good Practices for Education and Revitalization of Rivers. Of the more than 60 that reacted to the call, 39 participated in the Event for Sharing Stories and Know-How, in September 2017, in the Doce River State Park.
Another important moment was the division of participants into three working groups to discuss the actions of the Educational Program for the Revitalization of the Doce River in its three pillars: training of educators and experimental schools; formation of young leaders; and strengthening of networks and public policies for revitalization. The whole Forum was marked by a ton of dialogue, exchange of experiences and dynamics that promoted the human connection and proposals towards a better future for the Doce river basin.
The participants approved of the opportunity to collectively discuss the Program. “Participating in this moment of dialogue and exchange of information and views about what happened to the river is very important. What united us these two days was our love for the Doce river and the desire to revitalize it and bring it back to a state that is more favorable for our life. Dialogue is very important in education. What we really want is that everything we have discussed here can be put into practice so that our river can live again,” said Claudia Tarden, Coordinator of Educational Projects at the Municipal Department of Education in Colatina.