Planet Aid supports development projects in Mozambique working in partnership with Ajuda de Desenvolvimento de Povo para Povo (ADPP). ADPP’s education projects furthers Planet Aid’s mission, which is to improve access to training and quality education.
Nikhalamo — Keeping Girls in School
In many developing countries, a gender imbalance persists in school enrollment and completion. Research shows that educated women are less likely to marry early, more likely to have healthy babies, and are more likely to send their own children to school. The word "nikhalamo" comes from the local Chuabo language and means “girl child, stay in school”. The Nikhalamo project uses this Chuabo name as it is aimed at increasing the enrollment, retention, transition and completion of vulnerable girls in the upper primary school (6th and 7th grades) to lower secondary school (8th to 10th grades). In 2016, over 2,000 vulnerable girls were enrolled in schools in Namacurra District, Zambezia Province. The project has been working with 17 primary schools and 3 secondary schools, and conducted numerous community campaigns to help mobilize support.
One World University
One World University (OWU) was established in 1998 with the idea of training professionals in the field of education and poverty alleviation. It is one of 47 institutions of higher learning in Mozambique approved by the Ministry of Education. Students earn one of two bachelor’s degrees offered: a degree that enables them to train primary school teachers at teacher training colleges, or a degree in community development. The university has approximately 150 students in residence and also offers courses through an online distance education program. Read more about OWU.
Food For Knowledge
In 2013, ADPP Mozambique launched the Food for Knowledge Project, a 3.5 year education and nutrition program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food For Knowledge seeks to improve the academic performance, nutrition, and overall health of approximately tens of thousands of school children through the distribution of daily school meals. Beginning in 2016, the project expanded to reach over 79,000 children with a daily school meal. Read more about Food for Knowledge.
Teacher Training Colleges
In partnership with the government of Mozambique, ADPP operates 11 teacher training colleges. The colleges train the students not only to become effective educators, but to also prepare them to lead economic, social and cultural initiatives in their communities. As community leaders, teachers work to engage children and families on many levels, instilling a commitment to education while helping to facilitate improvements in quality of life. Read more about Teacher Training.
In 1985, ADPP established its first vocational school in Maputo and since that time has established two additional schools. Programs at these schools include agriculture and animal husbandry, business management, construction, and hotel and tourism. Programs and courses are developed according to the needs of the school’s community. The training curriculum combines theoretical and practical elements, including traditional school subjects and general knowledge, with an emphasis on skills training. Internships in commercial companies, farms or institutions are also a valuable part of the program. Read more about Vocational Schools.
ADPP Mozambique is currently implementing a multi-year preschool program in the districts of Boane and Manhica. The goal of the project is to promote the development of children under six through the building of 70 preschools across Maputo Province. The project has four main components: community mobilization and strengthening of institutional support, building capacity in ECD and preschool operation, construction of 70 preschools, and the provision of ECD services to families. To date, the first 24 preschools have been constructed and the children have begun attending the schools. Read more about our support of early education.