Germany and Mozambique, represented by the German implementation agency GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and the Ministries of Education and Human Development (MINEDH), and Science, Technology, Higher Education and Technical and Vocational Education (MCTESTP), yesterday signed an implementation agreement for a joint program that promotes the quality of basic and technical and vocational education. The program will be implemented during the next three years, with a total volume of €23.5M, of which €5.5M are financed by the Norwegian Government.
The program’s focus will be on teacher training and education management, stronger cooperation with the private sector, as well as promoting gender equality and health. Another focus area is the introduction of information and communication technologies (ICT) in teaching and management. The geographical focus provinces are Inhambane, Sofala, Nampula, Tete and Maputo.
The Ministries were represented by their Permanent Secretaries, José Seiuane Júnior for MINEDH, and Celso Adelina Laice for MCTESTP. The signatories stressed the key role of teachers for students’ learning outcomes, as well as the importance of the inclusion and retention of girls in technical and vocational education.
GIZ’s representative, country director Peter Pfaumann, congratulated Mozambique for the results achieved so far, especially a net enrolment rate in primary education of 93%. Britta Lambertz, director of the education programme, reminded participants of the enormous challenges the sector is facing in terms of demographic development: in Germany, half the number of children is enrolled in primary education when compared to Mozambique, at the same time with significantly more schools and teachers available.
The signing of the implementation agreement marks more than 25 years of cooperation between Mozambique and Germany in the area of education. GIZ implements its projects on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).