Chiconelane Community School provides a socio-educational response for 34 children from the community

Chiconelane Community School provides a socio-educational response for 34 children from the community

Chiconelane Community School provides a socio-educational response for 34 children from the community

Chiconelane was the second of five communities that saw the inauguration of another Community School. The ceremony took place on the morning of Wednesday, April 13th, and was attended by about 200 people.

On April 13th, the Chiconelane Community School was the second of five Schools to be inaugurated this year by AIDGLOBAL, under the scope of the project “Educadores em Movimento – Uma Educação Itinerante para a Primeira Infância” (Educators in Motion – An Itinerant Education for Early Childhood).

Once the ribbon is cut – a symbolic gesture shared by the District Chief Doctor, Celso Manhoca, and the Delegate of the National Institute for Social Action, Olinda Mendes – the way is open for the continued safeguarding of Quality Early Childhood Education in the District of Chibuto, in Mozambique.

This was one of the key aspects that crossed the intervention of the President of AIDGLOBAL, Susana Damasceno. After the prayer led by Father José António, Susana Damasceno stressed the role that these Schools can play within the framework of a “response to socio-educational needs that must necessarily involve the local communities”. The fight against poverty and “the promotion of greater equality of opportunities for all boys and girls starts in childhood”, she underlines.

Professor Antónia Barreto, from the International Studies Centre of the Lisbon University Institute (CEI-Iscte), also supports this idea and stresses the importance of training teachers and educators, framing their work in the light of the different family and community contexts.

People and their contexts are inseparable, which is why this ceremony could not fail to bring together for the moments that punctuated it, the cultural traits of the community where this School was inaugurated. The institutional interventions, which also included the voices of Celso Manhoca, present representing the Chibuto District Administrator, were followed by a dance performed by the children of Chiconelane Primary School. The dance was followed by a play performed by the mothers of the 34 children present, with the objective of sensitising the remaining members of the community to enrol their children in this new Escolinha.

After the dance and the theatre, it was amidst songs of gratitude, sung by the mothers of the 34 children, that the ceremony came to an end, ending with a lunch prepared by the community itself. Chima, curry, rice and beans, were some of the foods that gave colour to the table laid under the roof of the newest Community School of Chiconelane.

“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.