Despite the impressive progress of the past 10 years, Mozambique still ranks among the least developed countries in the world (Human Development Index, 2013, UNDP). If one should choose only one area in which to tackle the complex challenge of development, it would without doubt be education. Studies show that the socioeconomic return of the investments in education for individuals, families and the society at large are incomparable to any other sector. Education plays a key role in reducing poverty, ensuring better health, enhancing gender equality, sustaining economic growth, and strengthening citizenship and democracy.
While various reforms have been taken in the education sector since the independence of Mozambique, many challenges still remain. A considerable number of Mozambican children still do not have access to primary education. Of those who enroll to primary school, many do not finish the first cycle or leave school with appropriate reading or writing skills. Moreover, the teacher student ratio remains alarmingly high resulting often in poor quality of teaching.
According to the Education Strategic Plan 2012-2016 of the Government of Mozambique, the main priority in the coming years will be given to increasing the provision of quality education for all and to strengthening the linkages between the education system and the needs of the labor market through quality vocational and technical training.
The Education Programs of ADPP Mozambique are strongly focused in these two areas: improving the quality of primary education and increasing access to quality vocational training. As a result of its long-term investments in these areas, ADPP Mozambique today runs altogether 11 Teacher Training Colleges, covering all provinces of the country, and 3 Vocational Schools providing both 2-year training programs and a variety of specially designed short courses. It also supports the network of graduated teachers called "400 Primary Schools", which functions as a forum for practicing teachers through which they meet regularly, share new didactical materials related to inclusive and creative teaching methods, and exchange experiences and best practices.
Strengthening the quality of the teaching and providing highly qualified work force were also the driving forces behind the establishment of the ADPP One World University – Instituto Superior de Educação e Tecnologia (OWU/ISET) in Changalane, Maputo Province, in 1998. The OWU/ISET is an institute of higher education that today graduates 60-90 students with a Licentiate's Degree in Pedagogy or Community Development each year.
In addition to quality, ADPP Mozambique gives a strong emphasis to strengthening the access and inclusiveness of education. To this end, it has established altogether 2 primary and 2 secondary schools for orphan and vulnerable children and youth. It also offers the teacher training for disabled students at the Teacher Training College of Nhamatanda in Sofala and implements an adult literacy program in Zambezia.
For more information about ADPP's Education activities please see photo galleries related to Teacher Training, Vocational Training, Higher Education, Primary & Secondary Education, and in Other Programs in Education Food for Education, Vulnerable Children and 70 Pre-schools.