The presentation dedicated to empowering women for the role of “Educators in Motion” showed a video illustrating activities carried out in Mozambique within the scope of the project “Educators in Motion – An Itinerant Education for Early Childhood” (EeM).
On the afternoon of May 27th, AIDGLOBAL participated in the 1st International Congress Africa for Childhood, promoted by the Observatory for the Future of Childhood Education (OFEI) of the Paula Frassinetti School of Education.
At the table dedicated to the role of the Childhood Educator, Teresa Silva and Susana Damasceno, representing AIDGLOBAL, and Maria Antónia Barreto, representing the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPL), made an online communication entitled “The training of Educators in Motion – a vehicle for leading Early Childhood Itinerant Education”.
Based on the evidence that only 4% of children under 5 years of age acquire formal learning for early childhood, which compromises the mental, linguistic and social development of Mozambican children, the communication sought to make known the role of the “Educators in Motion” project – An Itinerant Education for Early Childhood” (EeM), at the time of reversing the slow development of Early Childhood Education in Mozambique.
Through the exhibition of a video illustrating the local response, given in the context of the project, some of the activities carried out in Chibuto, Gaza province, were mentioned, through which it was possible to verify not only the use of open spaces, in the communities, for the execution of educational activities with children, as well as the development of pedagogical resources from accessible local natural materials, and also the training of people from the communities, in order to equip them with knowledge and skills in Early Childhood Development, to work with the children in these kindergartens.
In the context of communication, the importance of training “Educators in Motion”, namely women, was emphasized, as well as their role in ensuring the activities of Itinerant Education.
For the Founder and President of AIDGLOBAL, Susana Damasceno, “the training of Educators in Motion represents also an important step when providing the creation of a professional offer for a group of women who, until then, did not intend to assume the role of educators. By promoting their training, we are, unavoidably, adding value to the community they are part of, fostering the growth and sustainability of local pedagogical resources”.
Although the implementation of the pedagogical model, called “Itinerant Education for Early Childhood (EIPI)”, was made difficult and readjusted as a result of the pandemic, its original purpose remained, including being based on the principle that the Districts authorities, together with civil society, can create conditions to promote the development of early childhood in their communities, contributing to the democratization of access to pre-school education and to counteract its low attendance.
The importance of Early Childhood Education emerges framed in one of the goals of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 ― Quality Education, which seeks to ensure that, by 2030, all girls and boys have access to Early Childhood Development (ECD) as well as quality care and Pre-School Education (EPE).
The project “Educators in Motion – An Itinerant Education for Early Childhood” (EeM) implemented in 5 communities in Chibuto, Gaza province, Mozambique, by a consortium consisting of: AIDGLOBAL – Project Manager; Chibuto Vocational and Residential Center (CVRC) – partner in defining social and educational strategies and hosting various initiatives; Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPL) – scientific-pedagogical coordinator; Center for International Studies of the University Institute of Lisbon (CEI-IUL) – coordinator of the anthropological component; 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. The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is the main financier and Camões – Institute for Cooperation and Language I.P. is the co-financier.
The 1st International Congress Africa for Childhood OFEI was a scientific event of the Observatory for the Future of Childhood Education of the Paula Frassinetti School of Education, in the city of Porto.
AIDGLOBAL – Action and Integration for Global Development carries out work that aims to improve the levels of Education and Literacy that are essential for an active citizenship that promotes a fairer, more egalitarian and sustainable world. In Portugal, it sensitizes children, young people and the community to the values of Education for Global Citizenship. In Mozambique, it is dedicated to promoting book culture, through the creation and equipping of libraries, reading animation activities and training of librarian technicians and teachers, in cooperation with Mozambican government entities, in combating the high degree of illiteracy among the population. Acting, Including, Developing for Global Education is the essence of its mission.