CODE’s partner in Mozambique, Associação Progresso, has been recognized nationally and internationally for its work in nurturing the development of a literate environment in Cabo Delgado and Niassa – the country’s two Northern provinces.
In a recent trip to Maputo to discuss and develop the second phase of a six year bilateral project funded by CIDA, CODE’s Director of Development Sean Maddox and I had a chance to see the impressive results already achieved through the program, which supports 1,815 primary schools, some 508,600 students from Grade 1 to 7, and has facilitated in-service training for 7,000 primary teachers.
In developing an implementation plan for phase two CODE and Progresso wanted to meet with as many stakeholders as possible to increase the project’s relevance for the education system. We organized workshops in each province and invited provincial and district officers, teachers, and instructors from teacher training institutes to work with us to identify results and strategies to achieve them. These meetings allowed us to increase stakeholders understanding about the project and their commitment towards its implementation.
Continuing the process of consulting stakeholders, CODE and Progresso hired a team of Mozambican education experts to conduct a baseline study of teachers’ competencies in the teaching of reading and writing of Portuguese. This team interviewed a total of 62 stakeholders, from primary teachers to officers at the national, provincial and district level, and visited twelve schools. The results of this study informed the design of initiatives to support the improvement of teachers’ skills in the teaching of reading and writing of Portuguese.
We were honoured to attend a presentation of the preliminary results from this baseline study on teachers’ competencies at the Ministry of Education and Culture in Maputo. The presentation was also attended by the Director of the National Direction of General Education, the Director of the Teacher Training Department, the MEC Minister’s Assistant, Danida, and CIDA among many other key supporters of education in Mozambique. The presentation generated a good discussion and produced some good recommendations for our program and various education initiatives working within the broader system.
The implementation plan for the project’s second phase, developed with strong support and input of local stakeholders is now complete and continues in full motion.
Heloisa Modesto, Senior Program Manager, CODE