With 10 years on the road, Plataforma Educativa is a traveling program that seeks to foster the socio-economic development of coastal communities in the states of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Espírito Santo. It is a program that Repsol carries out on a voluntary basis; that is to say, it is not linked to license conditions for the Company's operations.
The program is designed and run by Repsol Sinopec Brasil with the help of local stakeholders, communities, local councils, fishermen, the Navy, etc. A permanent dialogue is being made with them to design the Educational Platform's contents and route. Local management is being carried out by the Costa Brasilis Institute and the USP Oceanographic Institute, and it has institutional alliances with the Brazilian Navy and local councils.
On a mobile unit (platform truck), lectures are offered on environmental and safety education, as well as courses specifically aimed at the fishing community such as "Safety at sea," "Fish Processing," "MAREM - Environmental Mapping for Emergency Response at Sea," and various educational activities such as the Environmental Tarot Reading and Understanding Garbage.
In addition, the long-term partnership with the Brazilian Navy allows the professional qualification of fishermen through the courses "Level 1 Waterway Training (POP courses - Professional Fishing)" and "Auxiliary Deck-Hand (MAC).”
"The program is good for fishers to become professionally certified and it's also an opportunity to talk about the importance of protecting our natural resources."
Leticia Quito, biologist and manager of APA Marina Litoral Sur
Arildo Cunha, fisher and participant in the Plataforma Educativa training program
Actions that help build closer relationships with the boroughs and which are well received by educational system burocrats. Conducive to good relationships.
-Environmental tarot reading: a fun activity that makes a game out of focusing on environmental issues.
-Understanding waste: different kinds of waste found on beaches and in the ocean, their possible origins, and the actions necessary to prevent and mitiage the problem.