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MEC and the Everyone for Education Movement launch a pact for literacy
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The Ministry of Education of Brazil (MEC) together with the Everyone for Education Movement (MPE), an
initiative supported by Gerdau, launched on 8 November the National Pact for Literacy at the Right Age. The
Pact includes a commitment with the states and municipalities to teach all children how to read by age 8, or
by the end of the 3rd year of elementary school, and apply capacity evaluations to check this.
All states and the 5,270 municipalities in Brazil have signed the Pact, which has four main areas: training of
teachers that teach children how to read with scholarships for them; provision of instructional materials;
continuous assessment, which begins in 2013; as well as management and mobilization that includes
recognition and awards for the schools with the best results.
Gerdau is the leader in the segment of long steel in the Americas and one of the main suppliers of special long steel in the world. With over 45,000 employees, it has industrial operations in 14 countries—in the Americas, Europe, and Asia—which together represent an installed capacity of over 25 million metric tons of steel per year. It is the largest recycler in Latin America; and in the world, it transforms each year millions of tons of scrap steel, reinforcing its commitment to sustainable development in the regions where it operates. Gerdau is listed on the stock exchanges of São Paulo, New York, and Madrid and has over 140,000 shareholders.
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