Capacity building for primary school teachers in Mozambique focuses on integrating children into school

Capacity building for primary school teachers in Mozambique focuses on integrating children into school

Capacity building for primary school teachers in Mozambique focuses on integrating children into school

The initiative was part of the project “Educadores em Movimento – Uma Educação Itinerante para a Primeira Infância” (Educators in Motion – An Itinerant Education for Early Childhood).

On the 19th, 20th and 21st of April, the Chibuto Secondary School in Mozambique received the first training course for teachers in 2022, under the theme “Psychology and Child Development – Strategies for their Integration into the School”.

The initiative was attended by 30 trainees, including teachers, school directors and social action service technicians, and was delivered by Antónia Barreto, Professor and Researcher at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPL) and by Diovargildio Chaúque, Professor at the Pedagogical University of Maputo.

The programmatic structure of the training included, in a first instance, a mapping of the characteristics and skills of primary school and pre-school children, and then moved not only to an approach dedicated to the study of the stages that characterise the development of the child, but also to the knowledge of the strategies that should be adopted in order to integrate students in school life, taking into account dimensions that pay attention to the family/school relationship and the promotion of citizenship.

Among theoretical and practical dynamics that included reflection and group work, this training also included a final moment in which trainees were invited to put on the role of students, in a hypothetical circumstance in which they enter an educational institution and are confronted with the need for effective integration into school life.

For Antónia Barreto, one of the training trainers “the quality of teaching and the education of children is intrinsically associated with the training of teachers, who must be accompanied and continuously immersed in this teaching-learning process. This training sought to meet this objective, while empowering these trainees, so that they become even more qualified, aware and motivated teachers to achieve quality education”, she underlines.

Susana Damasceno, President of AIDGLOBAL, also considers that this training represented “another step towards meeting the targets set under the fourth Sustainable Development Goal – Quality Education – provided for in the 2030 Agenda”. Safeguarding the quality of education is, he stresses, “a lever for the development of a country” and this is our greatest purpose: to transform, through education, to continue to develop.

“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.