UPM supports reading among refugee children in Germany through German Stiftung Lesen (The German Reading Foundation). The foundation donates reading and story boxes to refugee centres all around Germany.
Fluent reading skills are required in all professions. The target of “Sanat haltuun” (Words matter) project, supported by UPM and organised by the Finnish Reading Centre, is to inspire students of technical vocational schools to read and improve their reading skills. The Finnish Reading Centre will organise 100 functional literacy workshops all around Finland.
A Finnish educational innovation, the Me & MyCity learning environment is a miniature town, where primary school students get to spend a day as employees, citizens and consumers. UPM has been involved in the project since its launch in 2009.
In connection with Finland's centenary celebration, UPM takes 6th grade pupils to have a look at forest management around UPM production plants. The forest trips are organised in co-operation with the Finnish Forest Association and the 4H organisation in Kouvola, Lappeenranta, Pietarsaari and Rauma.
UPM wants to strengthen the relationship between forests and young people. The co-operation between UPM and the Guides and Scouts of Finland includes creation of a mobile game about forests to be used by scouts encouraging them to see the forests from a versatile perspective. The co-operation will continue in the summer of 2016 at the summer camp Finnjamboree in Finland.
UPM promotes rural education in China in co-operation with Beijing Green and Shine Foundation. The Little Scientist Lab aims to foster science skills in primary school pupils that reside in remote areas with little access to resources and lessons on science and nature. In the “Mini Library Project” UPM donates books to primary schools in Yunnan Province to promote education and reading in schools that have limited access to information and books.