This initiative was attended by the Director of the District Service of Health, Women and Social Action of Chibuto, Dr. José Murrona, the Director of the School, Dr. Mordáquio Agostinho Banze and the Cooperation Advisor of the Portuguese Embassy in Mozambique, Dr. Madalena Sousa.
For about 500 children, from 1st to 7th grade, it is already possible to read and play in the new school space, which has a thousand books and educational games, including copies of three stories in Portuguese and Xichangana, the local language spoken in the district of Chibuto, which were written and illustrated by Mozambican artists, under another project promoted by AIDGLOBAL – “Educators in Motion”. During the ceremony, the President of the Board of Directors, Susana Damasceno, handed over these books published by the Organization.
This day was marked by the joyful participation of volunteers who, together with the AIDGLOBAL team, were able to contribute to this moment of celebration through the dramatised reading of one of the bilingual stories – “A Aldeia dos Cajueiros Mágicos” (The Village of the Magic Cashew Trees) – and also promoted the participation of the children in various games, providing them with surprises and moments of much laughter.
Watch, below, the report of RDP África – RTP.
This is the 28th library created by AIDGLOBAL, thanks to the sponsorship of Scope Lda. that allowed the shipment of the container in March 2020 with more than 35,000 books and school material and to Abreu Carga that ensured the freight of the excess cargo, donated by several people and entities, which enabled a new life to their books and, also, to the tireless team of more than 50 volunteers who, on the weekends before the departure of the container, gave their time to select, stamp, box and transport them.
In Mozambique, it had the support of the Municipal Councils of Chibuto and Xai-Xai, which ensured the transport of the container from Maputo to Chibuto, also SDEJT and all the volunteers who unloaded the hundreds of boxes.
The remarkable work that volunteers Ana Teresa Santos and Tânia Mendes carried out in setting up another new library should be highlighted, investing their time to support the logistics of the container, selecting, cataloguing and labelling, having also trained the teachers from Mudumeia Primary School who would become responsible for managing and organising the bibliographical collection.
This action, part of the “Passaporte para a Leitura” (Passport to Reading) programme, aims not only to fill existing gaps in the libraries and schools of Gaza province, but also to strengthen and extend the “Rede de Bibliotecas Escolares do Distrito do Chibuto” (School Libraries Network in the District of Chibuto) and equip several municipal libraries.
The Passport for Reading, created in 2008, is the largest intervention program of AIDGLOBAL in Mozambique in the context of combating illiteracy and encouraging reading. It creates, equips and supports municipal and school libraries in the Province of Gaza, promoting reading animation activities and training library technicians and teachers.