​​​​​Reading & Learning

We focus on projects that enhance reading skills and learning opportunities in regions where we operate. We also want to increase awareness of the importance of reading and continuous learning. We are concerned with literacy of young people. Photos and videos are an important part of young people's lives, but things are just easier if you can also understand texts fluently and write your thoughts to others at the work place.


Pelastakaa lapset ry

Save the Children organisation

UPM supports young people whose secondary education is at risk due to the family's low income through Eväitä Elämälle programme by Save the Children organisation. UPM's support is targeted at buying learning materials so that young people can continue their studies regardless of the family's financial situation. The study materials aid will be directed to the local associations of the Save the Children organisation.

Young Business Generations

Young Business Generations offers digital business courses for high school students with the help of various business specialists. Students will learn the commercial way of thinking, entrepreneurship as well as the ability to operate in an international environment. They adopt key global business education capabilities and future working life skills. As a partner, UPM provides expertise and materials for the contents of the courses and participates in the business event organised by Young Business Generations and Slush. 


Stiftung Lesen

Stiftung Lesen

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.


The Finnish Reading Centre

Finnish Reading Centre

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.

Me & MyCity

Me & MyCity

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.


Finland 100 - Taking sixth grade pupils to forests

 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.


Little Scientist Labs and Mini Libraries in China

Guides and Scouts of Finland

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 Blandin foresters

UPM Blandin foresters – connecting education with the forest

UPM Blandin paper mill in Minnesota, US is a sponsor of Treezy Does It, an online source for Minnesota K-12 teachers to go to for free, informative and interactive lessons about our forests, forest products and other topics of interest. Students plant trees, take field trips to learn about the lifecycle of the forest, identifying trees and plants and learning about animal habitats.


Little Scientist Labs and Mini Libraries in China

Little Scientist Labs and Mini Libraries in China

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.