Schools of the Future – Mozambique

Mozambique

The Schools of the Future project aims to empower children and communities in Mozambique through technical education and entrepreneurship. We provide resources for transferring technology to developing communities, such has hands-on workshops and manuals and we connect with teens to spark their interest and joy in science and technology by using practical and fun toolboxes.

Challenge

Children in developing countries have limited access to good education. Moreover there is hardly no room for technical education as local teachers have limited knowledge of technology. In most countries the enrollment rate in formal Technical and Vocational Education and Training at secondary level is 5 percent or less (ref. Unesco). Technology brings development and should therefore be an important part of children’s education.

For Schools of the Future first edition we are collaborating with an NGO in Mozambique, AVSI. AVSI works in the field of education assistance. They collaborate both with teachers and assistants in creating school activities, assisted homework and recreational and cultural activities. They are located both in Maputo and Pemba.

Despite the latest years progress in Mozambique’s scholar system (number of children signed to the primary school is increased  to 93% in 2011), there are still significant structural deficits like :

  • Low teaching-quality due to lack of qualified teachers, textbooks and infrastructures;
  • Illiteracy school drop-out and delay (due to family fragility and connected with food shortage);
  • Lack of stimuli and interest in study among teens;
  • Inadequate impact of educational activities in the districts.

Goals

The project “Schools of the Future” focuses on basic technical education for children and communities in developing countries. Workshops are given including both hands-on experiments and theoretical explanations. The aim of these workshops is  to transfer knowledge and spark an interest in technology and science to both teachers and students.

The long term objective for the project is twofold:  

  • To facilitate the undertaking of a higher education path for those students in poor areas with no access to resources to afford so
  • To use that inspiration and the gained knowledge to improve their environment and community’s livelihoods using creative, technical solutions

By means of educational packages (three day workshops), a toolbox with a simple device, such as a DIY LED lamp or a solar powered fan, is distributed and assembled. Thanks to these workshops, children will be shown that technology is accessible and that, by exploiting it, they have a chance to improve their life and that of those around them.

Main Activites

  • Construction of toolboxes and manuals
  • Trainings (both for assembling toolbox, teaching with it but also related with cultural awareness and volunteering ethics)
  • Research on local and international funds for our target students (without means to afford a higher level education) and subsequent creation of a guideline document.
  • Visit 3 schools in Mozambique with the corresponding execution of 5 workshops with a duration of 3 days each of them
  • Transfer of knowledge to local students and teachers: completion of the workshops and delivery of all the educational materials (manuals, extra toolboxes and guidelines for applying to national and international grants for higher education)
  • Gathering of experience for the next teams that might participate in future rounds or editions of the project
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