BETTER Project

Gender equality in education matters in Mozambique

BETTER, which stands for Better Education through Teacher Training and Empowerment for Results, is intended to improve the quality of education for girls and boys in Mozambique by elevating the quality of teacher education at four of the country’s teacher training institutes. Specific improvements will promote gender equality, student-centered methodologies, literacy and language skills, and the creation of quality teaching materials in local languages and in sufficient quantities.


In 2015, as a testament to the impact of Associação Progresso and CODE’s work, the Government of Canada appointed CODE to undertake the delivery of a seven-year, 18 million-dollar teacher education reform program in Mozambique. Better Education through Teacher Training and Empowerment for Results — BETTER — is being implemented, together with Associação Progresso and the Mozambican Ministry of Education and Human Development, in four of the country’s 12 provinces.


BETTER by the numbers

  • BETTER is valued at $18 million
  • The program will run for 7 years (2015-2022)
  • Programming will take place in 4 teacher training institutes, located in 4 provinces (Cabo Delgado, Tete, Niassa, and Maputo)
  • These training institutes are currently attended by roughly 1,200 student-teachers
  • Programming will most immediately impact 150 primary schools where student-teachers complete their practicums, representing nearly 50,000 primary school students
  • The Mozambican Ministry of Education and Human Development will eventually extend the approach to all 26 of the country's provinces

In this way, BETTER will sustainably improve primary education in Mozambique and millions of children will benefit.

BETTER country partner

Progresso logoAssociação Progresso is a two-time UNESCO Award-winning Mozambican civil society organization focused on supporting the quality of education in the country. In 2015, they were awarded the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize recognized for innovation in regard to its “Literacy in Local Language, a Springboard for Gender Equality” program. Progresso received its first UNESCO International Reading Association Literacy Prize in 2005.

Progresso's 25-year relationship with CODE began when CODE introduced a literacy initiative in Mozambique in 1991 and have worked together ever since.


Canadian researchers from McGill University’s Faculty of Education worked with teacher educators in Mozambique to create “cellphilms” designed to explore gender issues in education as part of CODEs BETTER project.

Cellphilms are short videos created by teacher educators using their mobile devices. When shown to student teachers in Mozambique’s teacher training institutions, they inspired powerful discussions about gender-based violence, early pregnancy, and the equal sharing of workloads between men and women.

Generously supported by Canada’s International Development – Global Affairs Canada, and implemented by CODE, Associação Progresso, and the Mozambican

Ministry of Education and Human Development, cellphilms are a great example of how technology can improve community awareness about gender equality and sexual and reproductive health.

Glisimina Mendes Jaime, a graduate in the primary teacher education program from the IFP Chibututuine, is reading the book “As Notas da Rassul” to her community and ministry authorities during a competition promoted under CODE's Project BETTER, with funds from the Government of Canada. This book was published as part of a previous reading promotion project on gender equality implemented by CODE and Associação Progresso in Mozambique.

BETTER is supporting the creation of gender equality units in the teacher training institutions. These units will promote increased sexual health and reproductive rights awareness among future primary teachers, and create the conditions to combat sexual harassment. In July 2017, twenty representatives from the teacher training institutions and the Ministry of Education in Mozambique worked together in Maputo learning more about gender equality, discussing the specific needs in their institutions and developing action plans to guide their work.

In June 2016, a two-day training workshop was held in Maputo promoting gender equality in children's books. A team of educators, publishers, writers, and illustrators benefited from the WLSA-led sessions. This event was made possible through the support from our key supporter, Mozambique LNG.




CODE and Associação Progresso recognizes, with appreciation, the instrumental contribution of Global Affairs Canada and collaboration of Mozambique’s Ministry of Education and Human Development in working towards improving teacher training though the BETTER Project.

Global Affairs Canada


Mozambican Ministry of Education and Human Development

CODE and Associação Progresso acknowledge, with gratitude, the generous support of Mozambique LNG and its partners in their contribution towards the provision of children’s reading books as part of the BETTER initiative.

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