AIDGLOBAL organizes the pre-opening of 5 Community Schools in Mozambique

AIDGLOBAL organizes the pre-opening of 5 Community Schools in Mozambique

AIDGLOBAL organizes the pre-opening of 5 Community Schools in Mozambique

As part of the project “Educadores em Movimento – Uma Educação Itinerante para a Primeira Infância” (Educators in Motion – An Itinerant Education for Early Childhood), AIDGLOBAL organized the pre-opening of five Community Schools in the Chibuto District, Gaza Province, Mozambique.

The pre-opening of the Schools took place between the months of October and December, in each of the five communities where AIDGLOBAL has been intervening – Bairro 25 de Junho, Chaimite, Chiconelane, Maivene and Malehice -, and constitutes a necessary response to the education of children, between 3 and 5 years old, in the District of Chibuto.

This pre-opening period served to test procedures, methodologies, equipment, planning and activities. This was also a time for parents and caregivers to enroll the children in the Little Schools, in addition to electing the parents’ representative and the educators’ representative. Weekly meetings were also held for monitoring, planning and evaluation of activities by the AIDGLOBAL technical-pedagogical team, which allowed the evaluation of the performance of the Educators in Motiont in their work with the children. This was also a time to find strategies with the Community Management Council of each School to overcome the various difficulties inherent in the creation of Community Schools, especially in the context of a pilot project.

The closing of this period of preparation for the official opening of the Little Schools, planned for the end of January next year, had its moment of celebration in the week of December 13th to 17th when, with the financial support of the Association Femmes d` Europe, it was possible to provide a snack for each of the children of the Little Schools and also to offer balloons, crayons, cookies and sweets.

The “Educadores em Movimento” (Educators in Motion) project seeks to contribute to the promotion of access to Early Childhood Education services based on a community-based management model accessible to children in rural communities.

This focus on a local response to host initiatives that aim to promote Pre-School Education, as is the case of these Little Schools, goes hand in hand with the awareness and training of fathers, mothers, educators, caregivers, and local authorities (formal and informal), which have been developed over the past few months. Initiatives such as the Awareness and Advocacy Actions on the importance of Early Childhood Education and the Parental Education Sessions, which took place throughout the year 2021, illustrate part of the response that is intended to be given through this project.

The increase in the number of children with access to Early Childhood Education services and the integral and harmonious development of preschool age children in the District of Chibuto, Mozambique, with consequent improvement in their cognitive, socioemotional, and motor development, their health conditions, and their inclusion, are some of the impacts that this investment will have in the medium/long term.

“Educadores em Movimento – Uma Educação Itinerante para a Primeira Infância” (EeM) (Educators in Motion – An Itinerant Education for Early Childhood) has the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation as main sponsor, Camões – Institute for Cooperation and Language I.P. as co-financier, as promoter AIDGLOBAL, Project Manager; as co-promoter the Chibuto Vocational and Residential Center (CVRC) and as partners the Instituto Politécnico de Leiria (Polytechnic Institute of Leiria) (IPL), its scientific-pedagogical coordinator, the Center for International Studies of the University Institute of Lisbon (CEI-Iscte) – coordinator of the anthropological component by District Service for Youth, Education and Technology of Chibuto (SDJET) and District Service for Health, Women and Social Action (SDSMAS) – entities that guarantee the articulation of the project with public policies.