Mozambique is making progress in training new primary school teachers, but according to UNESCO an additional 198,000 teachers are needed to meet the goal of universal primary education by 2030. There are many more children seeking an education since the Government abolished school fees, and student-teacher ratios in primary schools are estimated by UNESCO to be at 55 to 1.
Humana People to People supports its local member, ADPP Mozambique, in operating 11 DNS teacher-training colleges. ADPP has an agreement with the Government of Mozambique to establish 12 colleges — one in each province. The organization also conducts pedagogical workshops that offer in-service training for teachers currently employed in rural schools to further improve the quality of teaching being offered there.
“The capacity of connecting with the children and the level of commitment of the students is something that comes from inside. —Ventura Caetano, Headmaster of the ADPP Teacher Training College in Chimoio.
Read his interview here.
Humana People to People and ADPP also established and operate One World University with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through Planet Aid. This unique institution, which trains instructors for teacher-training colleges, is the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa. The university offers a baccalaureate degree in teacher training, qualifying graduates to work as college instructors at teacher training colleges. It also offers a bachelor’s degree in community development called “Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder with the Poor.”
ADPP Mozambique currently employs more than 2,500 staff nationwide. During the past 30 years, it has worked in cooperation with the Government of Mozambique and with local and international partners to improve living conditions in the country—mainly within the areas of education and health.