Commitment to Renewing Life

For people

Boost education

Our progress

To build the future we want, we understand that it will be necessary to invest in high-quality education, one of the most important challenges in Brazil. Analyses of the educational context have shown that in recent decades there has been difficulty in accessing public schools, students remaining in school throughout their schooling, and learning during basic education. Through the Suzano Education Program, we invest in improving the quality of public education through the professional development of educators and the engagement and participation¹ of families and communities with a focus on student learning.

The Basic Education Development Index (IDEB) was formulated to measure the quality of national learning and to establish goals for the improvement of education, and is composed of two factors: the average proficiency in Portuguese language and mathematics, and an indicator of the average time for completion of each stage of education, relative to the ideal time. Therefore, IDEB is a reference for measuring the quality of basic education in Brazil and we chose this indicator to measure our goal.


Increase in the Basic Education Development Index (IDEB) in municipalities identified as priorities² through the Suzano Education Program. The priority municipalities to be considered are those participating in the Suzano Education Program that presented in 2019 (last available evaluation) an Index below the national target (IDEB below 6.0).

4,7 (year: 2019)

Increase by 40% the IDEB in all municipalities considered a priority - from 4.7 to 6.6 by 2030³ ⁴.

Results in 2021

We implemented the Suzano Education Program (SEP) in 27 of the 31 municipalities mapped as priorities in the scope of the commitment. We defined the baseline of the goal with the IDEB scores for 2019 and applied the 1st annual evaluation of the program to measure the success of the implementation of the planned actions.  

Besides the priority municipalities for the goal, we applied the SEP in other municipalities where we operate, ending the year with 36 municipalities served⁵ ⁶, which generated a direct⁷ positive impact for 3,766 education professionals, and 312,339 students and education professionals indirectly⁸ benefited.  

IDEB is evaluated every two years. At the end of 2021, the test of the System for the Evaluation of Basic Education (SAEB) was applied. Thus, we are waiting for the results to be released to measure the indicator.

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KPI Follow-up:20202021
percentage percentage

Percentage advance in IDEB scores


Under review⁹

Our plans for 2022

In 2022, we will continue with the implementation of the methodology of the Suzano Education Program in the municipalities that are considered a priority, working on strategies to improve student learning and strengthening educational development arrangements and the completion of teacher training.

  1. The Suzano Education Program considers the participation of civil society essential in the process of developing education.
  2. The prioritization of the municipalities took into consideration criteria of social fragility used by Suzano, as well as the target set by the Ministry of Education (MEC) of scores starting at 6.0 on the IDEB.
  3. The Brazilian government publishes the IDEB results every two years. Therefore, since the latest figures available are for 2019, we will use these as the baseline for the goal. The next measurement will take place in 2021 and the results will be released by the Ministry of Education in 2022.
  4. The reporting of results considering the main indicator of the target (percentage of IDEB scores) will be done, on average, every two years, following the period of development and dissemination of the Index by the Brazilian government. To mitigate the effects of this dynamic in monitoring the performance of the goal, we have established 12 additional indicators that will be monitored systematically.
  5. Throughout 2021 a prioritization of the municipalities was carried out, and from the universe of 36, 27 were classified as a high priority for investment.
  6. High priority municipalities served: MA: Açailândia, Bom Jesus das Selvas, Buriticupu, Cidelândia, Imperatriz, Itinga do Maranhão, São Francisco do Brejão, São Pedro da Água Branca, Vila Nova dos Martírios, Estreito / PA: Dom Eliseu / TO: Angico / BA: Alcobaça, Mucuri, Nova Viçosa, Prado, Caravelas, Teixeira de Freitas / ES: Conceição da Barra, Montanha, São Mateus, Pinheiros, Fundão / MS: Ribas do Rio Pardo, Santa Rita do Pardo, Selvíria, Brasilândia.
  7. Direct beneficiaries: individuals who participate in the activities developed in the Program and receive direct support from the technical assistance and training structure.
  8. Indirect beneficiaries: individuals influenced by the action of the direct beneficiaries in the homology of the processes.
  9. IDEB is evaluated every two years. At the end of 2021, the test of the System for the Evaluation of Basic Education (SAEB) was applied. Thus, we are waiting for the results to be released to measure the indicator.
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