The total number of sessions held in the communities Bairro 25 de Junho, Chaimite, Chiconelane, Maivene, and Malehice resulted in the participation of 265 people.
During the months of September, October, November and December 2021, five communities in the District of Chibuto, Mozambique, received a set of Parental Education Sessions on Child Psychology, Health Education and Citizenship.
With a target group of about 1500 fathers, mothers, caregivers, and guardians, the Parental Education Sessions, which began in September 2021, sought to raise awareness among families about issues related to parental care, empowering them and making them aware of the importance of quality early childhood education. The promotion of active and conscious reflection around these topics, such as covid-19; pregnancy and childhood diseases; healthy eating; child development and the importance of play, contributes to the understanding of psychology and child development and the safeguarding of an early adoption of good practices in the education of children in the communities that benefit from the “Educadores em Movimento” (Educators in Motion) project.
The total number of sessions held in the five communities resulted in the participation of 265 people, including parents, families, caregivers, and other community members. In the 25 de Junho Community, 8 sessions were held with a total of 98 participants; in the Chaimite Community, 8 sessions were held with a total of 23 participants; in the Chiconelane Community, 8 sessions were held with a total of 78 participants; in the Maivene Community, 8 sessions were held with a total of 41 participants; and in the Malehice Community, 4 sessions were held with a total of 25 participants.
The “Educadores em Movimento” (Educators in Motion) from each of the five communities were responsible for raising awareness among the families of the children enrolled in the Community Schools – the official opening of which is being prepared and is scheduled for late January 2022 -, always under the supervision of AIDGLOBAL’s technical-pedagogical team, among which we highlight the Project Technician, Ana Pinto, the Early Childhood Educator, Ledieta Bombe, and the Community Educator Minércia Massuco.
For Ledieta Bombe it is essential to continue to “assist families in identifying the main care to have with children in times of pandemic, especially at a time when we are again witnessing the appearance of new waves, a little all over the world. The pandemic continues to impact our lives, and our goal through these sessions is to minimize, as much as possible, the potential negative effects that restricted access to early childhood education services continues to have on children’s development, particularly since the pandemic began.
Also for Susana Damasceno, coordinator of the project “Educadores em Movimento” (Educators in Motion) and President of AIDGLOBAL, “these sessions are now more crucial than ever, not only because they are crucial at the time of raising awareness among families about the role they play in the comprehensive development of their children, but also in their inclusion, which is especially demanding when we talk about children with special educational needs. Although these Parent Education Sessions were created with a previously diagnosed need in mind, and that already existed, especially in a rural context and namely in the District of Chibuto, their potential has proven to be determinant at the moment of contributing, also, to mitigate the impact caused by the pandemic that, through multiple restrictions, has been shaping our lives.
“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.