Meeting brings together Young Lusophones and Mozambicanas at the Eduardo Mondlane University Campus

Meeting brings together Young Lusophones and Mozambicanas at the Eduardo Mondlane University Campus

Meeting brings together Young Lusophones and Mozambicanas at the Eduardo Mondlane University Campus

Last August 5th, AIDGLOBAL, in partnership with Eduardo Mondlane University, promoted a meeting that brought together thirty Mozambican students from the Higher School of Business and Entrepreneurship of Chibuto and four young Portuguese volunteers members of the Youth Parties, to discuss and reflect on the Sustainable Development Goals and Global Citizenship, focusing on SDG 5.

The initiative was attended by the Deputy Director for Graduation and substitute Director of the Eduardo Mondlane University Campus, Mr. Alexandre José Kulemendzana, the Councillor for Culture of the Municipality of Chibuto, Mr. Nataniel Paruque, the Advisor for Cooperation of the Portuguese Embassy in Mozambique, Ms. Madalena Sousa and the President of the Board of Directors of AIDGLOBAL, Ms. Susana Damasceno, who enriched the session, which was led by the Organization’s Project Technicians, Maria Pacheco and Cátia Sousa.

Through participatory methodologies of Non-Formal Education, issues related to Gender Equality led to a joint reflection and exposure by the young people of Mozambique, who alerted to the need to put an end to all forms of racial discrimination, sexual violence, early pregnancy, harmful practices against women and girls, in the public and private spheres. They also focused on the importance of stimulating the growth of women in leadership positions, with a view to greater equity in relation to men’s wages, certainly a considerable social gain.

During the session, the participants were invited to present their individual and collective concerns and proposals for their community and associate them with the world context, which resulted in the identification of some global concerns that are also local, namely political and financial corruption, poverty, violence, the minimization of existing disparities, unemployment and the lack of equitable access to education and quality health services.

They were then challenged to interlink these themes with the Sustainable Development Goals and to discuss the interdependent links between the local and the global and, consequently, the importance of their roles as future young transformers of the society where they act and live, for change and sustainable development.
The session was marked by learning and sharing among all those present, who are motivated to contribute to social transformation and the construction of a just society that requires their increasingly active and local participation.

he meeting was held in the context of the project “Youth in Politics – Participate for Global Citizenship (2nd edition)“, which has been developed in Portugal since 2020 and will end in November this year, funded by Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I.P., and has as its target audience the Youth Political Parties, young people interested in politics, young people from associations and Youth Technicians. This project is promoted by AIDGLOBAL and has as partners the  Conselho Nacional da Juventude (National Youth Council) (CNJ), Federação Nacional das Associações Juvenis (National Federation of Youth Associations) (FNAJ)Dypall NetworkISCTE Center for International StudiesInstituto Português do Desporto e Juventude (IPDJ)Lisbon Youth Centre (CJL), and the Municipality of Santarém, and is supported by Mypolis.