Educators in Motion initiates two studies
AIDGLOBAL was one of two organizations chosen by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to implement a pilot project in the area of Early Childhood Education in Mozambique. The Educators in Motion: an Itinerant Education for Early Childhood is a project which will run for 36 months, and will be integrated into the District of Chibuto. This is a District in which AIDGLOBAL has been active since 2008.
This initiative aims to contribute to the integral and harmonious development of pre-school children in the Chibuto District by improving their cognitive, socio-emotional and motor development. It also hopes to improve the general condition of their health and inclusion within society through the promotion of an Itinerant Childhood Education.
Aimed at children from the ages of 4 to 6, it will include diverse daily outdoor activities based on learning in nature, and make use of a Bibliotchova. This is a traveling library stocked with bilingual books, games and toys, and run by the Educators in Motion. These are young mothers with previous training which will, in addition to promoting the activities, meet with the community to refer cases of Special Needs Education, and identify situations of discrimination and violence.
The project also includes three studies: “Itinerant Education in Chibuto, Mozambique: good practices and potential replicability”, “Psychology of the Mozambican child in a Rural Context: A Chibuto Case Study”, and “Toys, games, songs and local stories from Chibuto, Moçambique “.These studies have already begun, with the scientific-pedagogical support and coordination of the anthropological aspect overseen by Professor Dr. Antónia Barreto, researcher of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, and Professor Dr. Clara Carvalho, researcher at the Center for International Studies of the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL).
Soon, the team will be ready to begin project activities on the ground, and all efforts are being made to ensure that this is successfully done in order for them to become an exemplary model for promoting Early Childhood Education in rural communities.
This project is the result of a consortium made up of the following partners from Mozambique: the Chibuto Vocational and Residential Center (CVRC), the Chibuto District Youth, Education and Technology Service (SDJET) and District Health, Women and Social Action Service (SDSMAS). In Portugal, the collaborating partners are; the School of Education and Social Sciences and the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPL), as well as the Center for International Studies of the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL).