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Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Supported Technical School in Calama, Chile Graduates First Generation of Students

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The Colegio Don Bosco De Calama recently graduated its first class of 141 students in December.

The school, opened in 2016, educates middle and high school students, including indigenous children who live in the Province of El Loa near the El Abra mining operations. Students focus on technical studies in mining and electrical and mechanical skills. Enrollment is free to the more than 750 students who currently attend the school.

Freeport-McMoRan and Minera El Abra, along with Codelco and Antofogasta Minerals, financially contribute to the vocational school.

Minera El Abra, a Freeport-McMoRan Company, Supports the Publication of Women of the Desert, a Book on the Heritage of El Loa Province in Chile

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Women Of The Desert: An Invaluable Record Of The Living Heritage Of El Loa Province featuring 14 communities, including Chunchuri and Likantatay, is now available.

The book is published in partnership with Inacap Calama, which is an initiative that aims to recognize the Andean women who have lived in the desert and who have been perpetuating the territory's heritage.

The Freeport Foundation in Chile Supports a Technical School in Calama

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A new technical school in Calama, Chile, was built in part with funds from the Freeport Foundation in Chile.

Freeport-McMoRan and Codelco, the Chilean state mining company, financed the first stage of construction of Colegio Técnico Industrial Don Bosco de Calama.

The school opened in March of this year and has enrolled 490 middle and high school students, including indigenous children who live in the Province of El Loa near the El Abra mining operations. The school is free to attend. Students will focus on technical studies in mining and electrical and mechanical skills.

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