Mozambique

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Projects in Mozambique

Education

Working alongside Mozambican teachers, Education Volunteers co-teach English in secondary schools. Volunteers challenge their students to think critically and creatively, in order to foster a student-centered learning environment. Outside of the classroom, Volunteers and their counterparts carry out extra-curricular activities with youth such as Youth Clubs, Community Libraries, English Theater, and/or Science Clubs and Fairs. Volunteers regularly facilitate trainings and discussions on topics such as leadership, volunteerism, girls’ empowerment, healthy relationships, gender-based violence, and HIV and malaria prevention and treatment.

Under the guidance from the Ministry of Education and Human Development, our Education Project has been working since 1999 to ensure students benefit from an improved culture of learning and community service. Volunteers work within their schools and communities to fulfill the project’s three goals: (1) Working with Mozambican teachers who provide effective and creative instruction to enhance student achievement; (2) Making sure students in secondary schools increase their achievement and application of English, and participate in additional educational opportunities; and (3) Ensuring that students in primary schools (grades 1-3) and community members increase their reading skills in Portuguese and improve their educational achievement.


Health

Community Health Volunteers work with their counterparts to support the Ministry of Health’s strategy to control the HIV/AIDS epidemic, reduce the high mortality rates from Malaria, and improve the quality of health services in their communities. Peace Corps places Volunteers at government-run health centers located on secondary school campuses where Volunteers help to link students to youth-friendly services and improve the quality of those services to reach more youth.

Our Health Project supports the Government of Mozambique’s National Strategic Plan. Through our partnership and coordination with Mozambique’s Ministry of Health, the National AIDS Council, various international Non-Governmental Organizations and Community-Based Organizations, the Health Project and the work of our Community Health Volunteers focuses on advancing Youth Health and Capacity Building through two goals: 1) Increasing the knowledge and skills of youth to improve their health and well-being through health and life skills education and linkages to youth-friendly services; and 2) Strengthening the community environment to improve youth health and well-being.


President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

Peace Corps Mozambique has been partnering with PEFPAR in Mozambique since 2004. In addition to trainings and project development support, both Health and Education Volunteers work with communities, particularly youth, to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and lead healthy lives. Over the years Volunteers have developed a national network of girls and youth groups, and on a weekly basis meet with their groups to facilitate evidence-based training modules. The curricula used in the regular meetings strive to build self-esteem, develop leadership skills, teach about sexual and reproductive health, share information on health services, create a safe space for youth to discuss challenging topics, and promote healthier attitudes and actions.