Growing Up Right Institute certifies a group 122 young persons in entrepreneurship and rural administration

14 . DEC . 2021 Releases

December 2021 – The graduation ceremony of the complementary “Entrepreneurship in Multipurpose Agriculture – Rural Administration” course, of the 2021 Growing Up Right Institute’s Rural Professional Learning Program, was held this Tuesday, December 14. The certificates were delivered to 122 young apprentices of groups based in the following municipalities in Rio Grande do Sul: Boqueirão do Leão, Santa Cruz do Sul, Herveiras, Sinimbu, Passo do Sobrado, Cerro Branco and Canguçu.

The event, held at Expoagro Park, in Rincão Del Rey, Rio Pardo (RS), was honored by the presence of the musical band of the 7th Armored Infantry Battalion (7th AIB) and was also attended by several authorities and representatives of segments of the education system and of the fight against child labor. Playing host to the ceremony, Iro Schünke, CEO of the Growing Up Right Institute, and the Maid of Honor of the groups, sociologist, lawyer and Juris Doctor Ana Paula Motta Costa, handed out the certificates at the ceremony.  

On the occasion, Canguçu mayor Vinícius Pegoraro said he had witnessed the transformation of municipalities after the arrival of the tobacco supply chain. “Many depreciate the chain, but we are well aware of the economic strength provided by the sector, besides its concern with the environment and the efforts to create opportunities for young people”, he said. Upon referring to the presence of the Growing Up Right Institute in Canguçu, Pegoraro recalled the options provided for the adolescents, who are hired as apprentices to attend the rural management course. “Transformation goes through education and the Institute is committed to preparing the adolescents who have decided to earn a living in the rural setting”, he added.

After the delivery of the certificates, the Maid of Honor of the graduation groups, Ana Paula Motta Costa, said she considered the homage as an acknowledgment of the work of the entire team. “Since the beginning, the Growing Up Right Institute was built by many hands. At the proposition created by us, we had in mind alternatives for the fight against child labor, opportunities for young rural persons, and we witnessed alternatives like companies of the tobacco sector hiring  young apprentices”, she explained. “With many hands we also constructed the learning project, with the adolescents getting a better grasp of their own rural properties, the local partners and the conclusion of the course, a time for the young farmers to build their own projects”, she declared.

The Maid of Honor of the groups equally recalled the values that guide the work focused on the young farmers. “The first of these values is relationship, essential for any work directed towards young people”, she said, recalling that all the educators are involved in working in connection with the adolescents of the Learning Program. “Another important value consists in believing in the young teens and in the potential of each one of them”, she emphasized. “The idea that has never left us is that the young teens will make their choices on the basis of the seeds sown by the Growing Up Right Institute, but these  will be their own decisions”, Ana Paula concluded.

Iro Schünke told the trainees that he once was a young farmer. “In you I see a little part of my past, when conditions were not as good as now, no electric energy and walking some kilometers to and from school”, he recalled. Upon recalling the parable of the narrow and wide gates – whereby the option for the narrow gate led to a path full of limitations and responsibilities, but made it possible to reach Heaven – and the wide gate led to a path without obligations and full of pleasures, but made it impossible to reach Heaven –  he said that the trainees had opted for the narrow gate and, that’s why, they have good chances to reach success. You, during your study period, brought the Learning Program to your families, you have opted for the narrow path. I sincerely hope you will continue on this path, studying, reading a lot, learning, all things that will make you successful, whether in the countryside or in any other profession you may harbor in your mind”, he emphasized.

In his statement, Schünke also mentioned the most recent national acknowledgment in recognition of the Institute’s initiatives: the Brazil Child-Friendly Award, granted by the Ministry of Women, Family and  Human Rights “At the ceremony, Minister  Damares Alves said that all those who act on behalf of the children and adolescents are heroes. Here, all those involved, the team of the Institute and partners, work with the aim to provide all adolescents with opportunities, therefore they are heroes”, he commented. He finished his statement advising the trainees to continue on the path of responsibilities, the narrow path, and have faith. “A goal is only achieved if you have faith. You have it all to achieve success and act as leaders”.

NEARLY 600 – With this certification, the Institute reaches out to 596 adolescents with a professional certificate in “Entrepreneurship and Multipurpose Agriculture – Rural Administration”, since it was launched, in 2015. For 2022, seven new groups have been confirmed, reaching a total of 150 adolescents from the following municipalities: Canguçu, Cerro Branco, Paraíso do Sul, Passo do Sobrado, Progresso, Rio Pardo and São Lourenço do Sul.



Group from Boqueirão do Leão (educator Débora Berghahn – course conducted at the premises of the Municipal School Marino da Silva Gravina, in Alto Boqueirão)

Alessandro Andreoli de Almeida, from Sinimbuzinho;

Daniela dos Santos Bueno, from Centro;

Érick Ferreira de Almeida, from São Roque;

Franciele Inês Vettorazzi, from Vila Nova;

Janaina de Oliveira, from Sete Léguas;

Joceany Fatima Bassedone de Oliveira, from Alto Boqueirão;

Ketlin Jaine Padichello da Costa, from Colônia Picoli;

Maria Luisa Severgnini, from Centro;

Matheus Pappen, from Quatro Léguas;

Nedio Vedoy Grasel, from Alto Boqueirão;

Rainara Tieline Godoy, from Centro;

Raíssa Andreoli de Almeida, from Sinimbuzinho;

Taís Alessandra de Moraes, from Centro;

Valentin Carlesso, from Vila Nova;

Vanessa dos Santos, from Matão.

Group from Canguçu (educator Adriano Emmel – activities at Municipal School Carlos Soares da Silveira, in the district of Nova Gonçalves)

Ana Paula Brauch Karnopp, from Estância da Figueira;

Alisson Zarnott Rutz, from Nova Gonçalves;

Andrei Römer Buchweitz, from Nova Gonçalves;

Andrine Rehbein Konrado, from Nova Gonçalves;

Camila Schellin Goldbeck, from Estância da Figueira;

Chaiane Römer Völz, from Nova Gonçalves;

Darlan Krumreich Kern, from Estância da Figueira;

Déric Lemke Wenske, from Nova Gonçalves;

Dienifer Volter Behling, from Nova Gonçalves;

Edilson Karnopp Westphall, from Estância da Figueira;

Eduarda Böhlke Zarnott, from Herval;

Eric de Quevedo Muller, from Nova Gonçalves;

Felipe Elert Bohm, from Nova Gonçalves;

Felipe Westphal Blöndorn, from Estância da Figueira;

Gustavo Drawanz Rutz, from Nova Gonçalves;

Kamili Natâni Viebrantz Konrado, from Nova Gonçalves;

Larissa Brauch Radtke, from Nova Gonçalves;

Natália Sell Klug, from Herval;

Roberto Ramzen Degar, from Estância da Figueira;

Taissa Beiersdorff Böhlke, from Nova Gonçalves;

Tális Rian da Fonseca Völz, from Iguatemi;

Tiago Schumacker Bierhals, from Estância da Figueira;

Vitória Goulart Thurow, from Nova Gonçalves.

Group from Cerro Branco (educator André Tiago Skolaude – course took place at Municipal School Augusto Schultz, in Arroio Bonito)

Alehandro José da Rosa, from Linha Pfeiffer;

Alex Zimmann, from Serrarria Scheidt;

Álisson Elesbão da Silva, from Linha São Luiz;

Andrei Roberto Beskow, from Centro;

Cauã Júnior Rodrigues Weide, from Linha Santo Antônio;

Diogo de Oliveira, from Serraria Scheidt;

Dyúli Emanuéli Rodrigues, from Bairro Rio Branco;

Felipe Eduardo Lange, from Linha São Luiz;

Fernanda Schilling Jaeger, from Serraria Scheidt;

Franklin Guilherme Pape, from airro Rio Branco,

Gean Ricardo Treichel, from Linha Pfeiffer;

Graziéli de Souza Rodrigues, deom Linha São Luiz;

Isaquiela Rosélia Silva da Rosa, from Linha Garske;

Juliélisson Pfeifer Braatz, from Linha Schultz;

Kauã Gabriel Linhar, from  Alto Cerro Branco;

Késia Taíssa Pfaff Milbradt, from Linha São Luiz;

Leonara Rodrigues de Souza, from Linha Santo Antônio;

Maitiéle Camile Staffen from Nascimento, de Rincão Bonito;

Rita Cássia do Carmo Machado, from Linha São Luiz;

VinÍcius Wagner Rodrigues, from Linha Santo Antônio;

Wagner Santos Müller, from Alto Cerro Branco.

Group from Passo do Sobrado (educator Taciane Lais da Silva Velazquez – course took place at the Municipal Secretariat of Education)

Aliel Santos, from Capela dos Cunha;

Camilli Vitória da Rosa, from Campo do Sobrado;

Carlos Daniel Teixeira Linhares, from Centro;

Daniel da Silva Vedoy, from Taquari Mirim;

Erica Vitória dos Santos Linhares, from Passo da Mangueira;

Gabriel Felipe Kappaun, from Rincão do Sobrado;

Gabriel Linhares da Silva, from Centro;

Gabrielly Monique da Silva, from Passo da Mangueira;

Jainara da Rosa, from Taquari Mirim;

Juliana de Godoy, from Corredor dos Rosa;

Kauã da Silva Farias, from Taquari Mirim;

Maiton Henrique Linhares da Silva, from Passo da Mangueira;

Mirian Kauany Silveira Lopes, from Passo da Mangueira;

Rafaela dos Santos Silva, from Passo da Mangueira;

Raíssa Oliveira de Mello, from Rincão dos Haas;

Thainá Silva de Oliveira, from Centro;

Uellen Machado Linhares, from Passo da Mangueira;

Wiliam Rafael Baierle, from Rincão dos Haas.

Group from Santa Cruz do Sul (educator Débora Berghahnn – course at Municipal School Felipe Becker, in Alto Paredão)

Angelica da Silva Machado, from Alto Paredão;

Camily Vitoria Ferreira, from São Nicolau;

Eduardo da Silva, from Alto Paredão;

Emely Allana Graff, from São Nicolau;

Haissa Mariano Watte, from Alto Paredão;

Josueli Tainara Back, from São Nicolau;

Luís Ricardo Greine, from São Nicolau;

Patrícia Grasel, from São Nicolau;

Samira Barbon Rodrigues, from São Nicolau;

Volnei Willi de Queiroz, from Comunidade São Luís.

Group from Sinimbu (educator Ana Paula Justen – course at the premises of Municipal School Nossa Senhora da Glória)

Alisson Luís Moraes Oliveira, from Linha da Serra;

Cristieli Tais Pereira, from Salto Rio Pardinho;

Deivid Wíliam Dorfei, from Alto Sinimbu;

Delise Marilete Muller, from Linha Primavera;

Diego Francisco, from Linha Verão;

Diessica Élem da Rocha, from Linha Inverno;

Diogo Luan Goldschmidt, from Linha Paredão Felipe Nery;

Eduardo Vogt, from Sinimbu Baixo;

Ezequiel Vicente, from Linha Paredão Felipe Nery;

Giovane de Lima, from Linha Verão;

Grasiela Fernanda Drumm, from Paredão São Pedro;

Jean Geovan Dorfey, from Linha Paredão;

Letícia dos Santos Silveira, from Linha Verão;

Tanúbia Hochscheidt, from Linha da Serra;

Wolker Elias Eifert, from Linha Rio Branco.

Group from Herveiras (educator Tagiani Brizolla Duarte de Moura Goulart – activities at Municipal School General Osório, in Herval São João)

Adrian da Silva Oliveira, from Linha Pinhal;

Bruno Henrique Volz, from Linha Fernandes;

Daniel da Silveira Werner, from Linha Herval São João;

Daniela Cristina Scherer Eifert, from Linha Marcones;

Diogo Gabriel Fernandes, from Centro;

Eric Henrique Mendonça Alves, from Alto Marcones;

Gabriel Tavares Freire, from Linha Pinhal;

João Vitor Machado de Castro, from Centro;

Julia Luisa Ribeiro Padilha, from São João;

Katianny Tatsch, from Linha Fernandes;

Kauana Patricia Rodrigues Jost, from Linha Fernandes;

Letícia Maiara Scherer, from Linha Herval São João;

Letícia Tatiane dos Santos, from Alto Marcones;

Luís Fernando Metzger, from Linha Herval São João;

Makerlin de Souza Nunes, from Linha Fernandes;

Michele de Souza Schieferdecker, from Linha Biriva;

Pedro Henrique Vieira, from Linha Fernandes;

Samuel Daniel Mueller, from Alto Marcones;

Tatiele dos Santos, from Linha Fernandes;

Tiago Felipe Furtado Mira, from São João.

Opinions from the representatives of the groups 

Raissa Andreoli de Almeida, from Boqueirão do Leão 

“This is just one of the many victories yet to come. We had the chance to come to grips with the importance of teamwork. We shared experiences and had the opportunity to know partners and entities, firmly believing that dreaming is not enough. Persistence makes us go further.”

Taissa Beiers de Böhlke, from Canguçu 

“We are 23 different young persons, but with much in common. We learned that rules must be complied with and solidarity should be a common trait among us. The pandemic came as a surprise and opened our eyes to what really matters. Whatever we learned will be with us from now onward.”

Maitiele Camile Staffen do Nascimento, from Cerro Branco 

“We learned a lot in the past two years. We had two years of intensive activities, with a decent amount of meaningful experiences. We will certainly benefit from these experiences throughout our lives. Our graduation represented the conclusion of a very important period, and now we know that we just have to look at the vast horizon to have a grasp of the existing opportunities.”

Jainara da Rosa, from Passo from Sobrado 

“We learned a lot from the activities. We presented works and saw our colleagues present their projects. The educational trips, like Rincão Gaia and PUC Museum, enriched our knowledge. Together, we devised our community project, which turned out to be fantastic. A little something from every apprentice will always be with us.”

Camily Vitória Ferreira, from Santa Cruz do Sul 

“We concluded one more stage of our lives. A really important stage, thanks to the chance of being a part of the Growing Up Right Institute. We discovered things about our communities and we came to know the potential of our rural properties. We had to face some challenges, which we overcame with our effort, planning and focus. And, due to it, we learned a lot.”

Diessica Élem da Rocha, from Sinimbu 

“Our thanks to the entire team of the Institute. I loved being a part of this group and of being a young apprentice. Time passed quickly, but we cannot prevent other adolescents from having this experience. The course represented great motivation in my life and in the lives of my colleagues.”

Leticia Tatiane da Silva, from Herveiras 

“This was an atypical year for all of us, but finally we celebrated our graduation ceremony. This moment brings back our memories of the past, since the beginning of the course at which we learned a lot.”

THE GROWING UP RIGHT INSTITUTE – An initiative by the Interstate Tobacco Industry Union (SindiTabaco) and its associate companies, whose projects include the Rural Professional Learning Program,  a pioneer activity that provides an innovative manner to apply the Learning Law on behalf of the rural adolescents. They receive a proportional salary and, instead of working in the companies, they attend the entrepreneurship and management course. To achieve this objective, the Institute runs the Rural Professional Learning Program, which has already been implemented in 11 municipalities and has been validated by the Ministry of Labor, through an agreement with the Rio Grande from Sul Professional Learning Forum. And, in order to make it viable to see to the needs of the adolescents in their own communities, the program relies on the municipal administrations for the venues, food and daily transport logistics.


Photos: Junio Nunes

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