The meeting brought together 50 people, including religious leaders, neighborhood chiefs, heads of administrative posts, and chiefs, from the five communities where the pilot project is taking place.
In the context of the project “Educadores em Movimento – Uma Educação Itinerante para a Primeira Infância” (Educators in Motion – An Itinerant Education for Early Childhood), AIDGLOBAL organized, on September 22nd, the second Awareness and Advocacy Action dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of promoting Early Childhood Education, in rural context, through the creation of 5 Community Schools, in the District of Chibuto, Province of Gaza, Mozambique.
Dialogue on the responsibility and commitment of the Communities to ensure the best functioning and safety of the Escolinhas was one of the purposes of this initiative, together with the communication of all the efforts that are being undertaken to guarantee their opening in total safety for Mozambican children.
The meeting brought together 50 people, including religious leaders, neighborhood chiefs, heads of administrative posts, and chiefs belonging to each of the five communities: Bairro 25 de Junho, Chaimite, Chiconelane, Maivene and Malehice.
Data from 2012, published by the Ministry of Education, show that, in Mozambique, only 4% of children under 5 years of age attend Pre-School Education (EPE). There is a low perception of parents and the community about the importance of EPE, a high level of female illiteracy and insufficient initiatives to promote Health and Citizenship by the authorities aimed at children of preschool age.
Awareness and advocacy actions, such as the one carried out on September 22nd, seek to change the statistics and contribute to the integral development of preschool-age children, through the training of the five aforementioned communities and management and integration Itinerant Childhood Education (EII) services by these same communities.
“Educadores em Movimento – uma Educação Itinerante para a Primeira Infância” (Educators in Motion – An Itinerant Education for Early Childhood) is funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, co-financed by Camões – Institute for Cooperation and Language I.P. and implemented by a consortium constituted by AIDGLOBAL, project manager, by the Vocational and Residential Center of Chibuto (CVRC), partner in the definition of social and educational strategies and in hosting the various initiatives, by the Instituto Politécnico de Leiria (IPL), its coordinator scientific-pedagogical, by the Center for International Studies of the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL)(CEI-IUL), coordinator of the anthropological component, by the District Service for Youth, Education and Technology of Chibuto (SDJET) and the District Service for Health, Women and Social Action (SDSMAS) – entities that guarantee the articulation of the project with public policies.