We work with the Mozambican government and other in country partners to:
- Offer opportunities to Policy makers, Ministry of Education officials, Headmasters and Teachers to connect with their peers in Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK, face to face and online.
- Connect young learners to access professional development through enhanced English language learning opportunities and get recognition worldwide.
Below are some of the examples of our success stories as a result of partnership engagement.
Training Teachers of English
Our work in training teachers aims to support teacher development in Mozambique, providing teacher training and pedagogic tools to English Language teachers. The British Council in partnership with the Education Ministry have been delivering English language teacher trainings across all 11 provinces of Mozambique, reaching more than 2,000 teachers of English in all secondary schools over the last two years. As a result, over 500,000 secondary school students in Mozambique have indirectly benefitted from this training.
The British Council distributed solar-powered radios and MP3 players pre-loaded with English language teaching audio content to secondary schools nationwide. These help teachers in schools with limited resources to deliver better quality learning of English.
The British Council has broadcast five series of its popular radio programme Obla Air to a nationwide audience in partnership with Radio Mozambique. This programme has reached an audience of millions of English language learners across the country
We encourage Mozambican schools to form international partnerships and to collaborate with their partners on joint curriculum projects with schools across Africa and in the UK. We offer help and support for schools to work together with their international partners. At the time of writing we have around 50 partner schools and this number is steadily increasing.
Teachers and students from some of these schools have visited their partners in the UK and their UK partners have made reciprocal visits to Mozambique. These visits were highly beneficial to both sides (Mozambique and UK) where teachers, students and the wider community had the opportunity interact each other, share ideas and exchange experiences.
“Without the schools partnerships programme, I would never have imagined that I could have this great opportunity to interact and learn about new cultures from other countries”. Says one of the students from Noroeste School in Maputo.
As part of our work in Connecting Classrooms we have trained over one hundred school principals and ministry officials in schools leadership. We have trained over one hundred teachers in ICT and Global Citizenship and provided thousands of school children with access to Connecting Classrooms materials.
International Inspiration is London 2012’s sports legacy programme, which we delivered in partnership with UK Sport, UK Trust and in country partners, UNICEF, Right to Play, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth and Sport and National Olympics and Paralympics Committees.
It was implemented on three levels: with policymakers, practitioners and directly with children and young people. We’ve supported policy makers with national policies that promote physical education (PE) and sport in schools. As a result, a PE manual was developed and distributed to schools across the country.
Teachers and young people have received the skills and access to training resources to make PE lessons more meaningful, innovative and exciting for children. We have linked Mozambican schools with UK schools through International Inspiration, creating school partnerships that focus on the use of PE and sport in schools to achieve positive outcomes for pupils and young people in the wider community.
International Inspiration has taken place in 21 countries (including the UK): Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, UK and Zambia. The role of our multi-sectoral Task Force was key to the successful implementation of this programme in Mozambique.
Though International Inspiration came to a formal end in March 2012 in Mozambique, the success of the programme has meant that its impact will continue to have an effect for years to come.