AIDGOBAL is already on the ground to take the first steps
The AIDGLOBAL team is in the Chibuto District of Mozambique planning the first activities for the Educators in Motion: An Itinerant Education for Early Childhood project, which began on November 1st2018 and will run for 36 months.
This initiative aims to contribute to pre-school children’s integral and harmonious development in the Chibuto District by boosting their cognitive, socio-emotional, and motor development. It also envisages improving their general health conditions and inclusion in society through promoting an Itinerant Childhood Education.
Aimed at children between 4 and 6 years of age, it includes diverse daily outdoor activities based on learning in nature and the use of a Bibliotchova, which is a travelling library with bilingual books, games, and toys run by the Educators in Motion. These are young mothers with previous training that will, in addition to promoting the activities, meet with the community to identify and refer cases of Special Education Needs (SEN) and situations of discrimination and violence.
“We see more and more interest and investment in Education in Mozambique, especially in Education in the early years of growth and development. This work is not achieved from one day to the next and must be done side by side with the communities. “, Says Rita Lopes, Project Manager.
According to the Mozambican Ministry of Education, only 4% of children under the age of 5 attend Pre-School due to the lack of knowledge, from parents and the community, on the importance of Early Childhood Education. It is due to high female illiteracy and insufficient initiatives to promote health and citizenship by the local authorities.
The project also includes three studies: “Itinerant Education in Chibuto, Mozambique: Good Practices and Potential Replicability”, “Psychology of Mozambican Children in a Rural Context: A Chibuto Case Study”, “Toys, Games, Songs and Local Stories from Chibuto, Mozambique.
The team consists of Rita Lopes, Project Manager; Castigo Tchume, Assistant and AIDGLOBAL delegation Manager in Chibuto; Isabel Fernandes, representative adviser for implementing actions in Mozambique. During the first year, the Community Educators, who are people of reference within their community, and the Educators in Motion will be introduced. In the second year, they will participate in a training course on Traveling Childhood Education, with support from the Community Management Councils, in the five communities which have yet to be selected.
The presentation and organization of the actions began on October 13th. It was initiated with a project start-up meeting between the AIDGLOBAL team, the Chibuto Vocational and Residential Center (CVRC), and the District Service for Health, Women and Social Action (SDSMAS). Suante Miguel (CVRC), Maria Cacilda Boromcor, and Rodrigues Matosse (SDSMAS technicians) were in attendance for the first official Partner meeting.
To design, monitor, and evaluate the project strategy, the AIDGLOBAL team is supported by technicians from the Chibuto Vocational and Residential Center (CVRC), Chibuto District Youth, Education and Technology Service (SDJET), and District Service of Health, Women and Social Action (SDSMAS). The School of Education and Social Sciences and the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPL) will collaborate in Portugal on this project. The project is coordinated and supervised by Susana Damasceno, President of AIDGLOBAL, and a teacher. Professor Antónia Barreto, researcher of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, and Professor Doctor Clara Carvalho, researcher of the Center for International Studies of the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) are responsible for the scientific-pedagogical support and the coordination of the anthropological aspect of the project.