Education is one of the most important sectors in Mozambique and has on-going policy because, since their independence the government considers the education as one of the first three priorities for their development and socio-economic stability as well as agriculture and health. As South Africa’s first democratic President Nelson Mandela, said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Education is the key to eliminating gender inequality, to reducing poverty, to creating a sustainable planet, to preventing needless deaths and illness, and to fostering peace.

Mozambique’s Australia Awards Alumnus (Master of Public Health) Manuel Chicamisse from the University of Queensland in 2014 is using his knowledge as well as leadership and management skills that he learnt during my permanence in Australia to bring change in the education sector, with activities that are benefiting marginalised people in different way. “For instance, 40% of totally students are female in the country – our policies give priorities for girls and we fight against harassment, teenage pregnancies and marriages in schools. Primary school are free of fees and is compulsory; adult non-educated people benefit of free literacy programs and finally people living with disabilities such as visual impairment, deaf and dumb and other disabilities have their own schools which are sponsored by government and other education partners NGOs, but we also have some mixed classes as inclusive education. In Beira city, the capital of Sofala province, for example, has one Institute for People with Visual Impairment and one School for Special Education for deaf and dumb, and three secondary schools for inclusive education,” says Chicamisse who currently works in the Education Sector as the Director of Education and Human Development in Sofala province, in the Centre region of Mozambique.

Manuel visiting Non Convention Classroom and meeting School Board and students at Matucudur Primary School.

“We are responsible for almost 512 500 students from primary to secondary school, which is very big responsibility but also great opportunity to practice my knowledge as well as leadership and management skills that I learnt during my permanence in Australia, Queensland, Brisbane City,” says Chicamisse.

“Our main tasks are enrolling children for the first time in the school, acquiring school materials and equipment such as official books which are free in the primary schools, school desks and building new conventional schools and finally expanding education in remote rural areas, just to mention a few, among many others great challenges typical from developing countries.”

“The other activities which are involved in students’ education are nutrition programs, food productions, sexual and reproductive health, fighting drugs consumption and obesity, STDs, HIV and AIDS prevention. These kinds of projects are implemented in all schools however, the challenges for their success are different from urban to rural areas.

Graduating new teachers for primary School at ADPP School Teachers of Future in Nhamatanda District.

“The concrete results were achieved in 2015-2016 are: we have enrolled almost 94,000 children, as new enrolment in primary schools; distributed 1,122,100 official books for primary schools; employed 663 new teachers to join others 13,400 at duties, which 2,644 teachers were promoted in their professional career; maintained 916 schools; built new 39 classrooms; acquired 9,500 new school desks, and 81.8% of total students approved to the next level. However, we still have some great challenges such as the ratio student/teacher are still high in secondary school (the average is 65 students/teachers or classes); 70,232 students’ sitting on the floor and 691 classes are under trees.”

Chicamisse says although they have had many achievements they still have some great challenges such as the ratio of students and teacher are still high in secondary school (the average is 65 students/teachers or classes); 70,232 students’ sitting on the floor and 691 classes are under trees.

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