In 2013 we built a primary school in Paquitiquete community and in 2016 started initiatives at the school in Paquitequete. We began extracurricular training activities for teachers, delivered courses in poetry, horticulture and theatre, and we provided tools and educational material for administration and the library. In 2018 we rehabilitated the school in Paquitequete and in October 2019 we started building a new one in the same neighbourhood. We provided teaching materials, put 27 teaching assistants in Paquitequete and Wimbe schools and raised awareness of social and environmental issues. The initiative produced a remarkable reduction of school dropout, it also improved the level of basic literacy in the first cycle of primary school, as well as the quality of the methodology and educational proposal.
Pemba Schools: the photogallery
To improve learning in the schools in Pemba, we have introduced cutting-edge teaching methods, increased access to education, put in place numerous extra-curricular activities and promoted reading among students thanks to a dedicated library.
Opened a new school located in the Paquitequete district
Through Eni Rovuma Basin, we handed over the new primary school in Kumilamba to the Pemba Municipal Council in March 2021. This building is located in the Paquitequete district and has fully equipped classrooms, offices for teachers and staff, a library and other facilities. It will enable 1,500 boys and girls to receive quality education and provide adequate learning and working conditions for both pupils and staff. The extensive project also includes the construction and fitting out of a multi-purpose sports field, a canteen, the installation of a photovoltaic system at the school in Kuparata and the restoration and extension of two nursery schools. Finally, we carry out specific initiatives in the field:
● vocational training for teachers, educators and managers
● extracurricular activities (sport, horticulture, poetry and theatre) to reduce school drop-out levels
● scholarships for secondary, technical and vocational training
● adult literacy courses
● awareness-raising campaigns in the fields of education, health and the environment
● provision of snacks during school hours.
The visit to the Kumilamba school: the photogallery
The photos were taken during a visit to the new building by the President of the Municipal Council of Pemba, Florete Simba Motarua, together with our delegation.
“Aprendemos brincando” project
This project is characterized by an innovative approach to education. The teaching is avant-garde and participatory, involving pupils and starting from the basis of their own potential and personal skills. Putting assistants in the classes alongside teachers has created an atmosphere of dialogue, interest and curiosity. It has resulted in a positive, attentive attitude in class and encouraged a healthy motivation to learn among the children.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an action plan signed in September 2015 by 193 UN member states. It incorporates 17 goals aimed at the socio-economic development of communities and regions. In line with the fourth goal, we help provide equal, inclusive education of quality, and learning opportunities for all (Goal 4).
By creating this initiative we have provided children with innovative teaching material
Our results so far
Some important statistics that sum up the projects:
involved in “Aprendemos brincando” 2018–2020
involved in activities in Paquitequete 2016–2020
in schools in Paquitequete and Wimbe 2016–2019
To set up the initiative we signed an agreement with the municipal council of Pemba. We also engaged with representatives of the community in Paquitequete, including community and religious leaders.
We believe that workplace safety is a fundamental principle that we share with employees, contract workers and local communities. For that reason, we implement all necessary measures to avoid accidents, including organisational models to assess and manage risk, training programmes, skills development and the promotion of a culture of safety.
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