Portuguese Co-operation Cluster in the Island of Mozambique, 2nd stage (2015-2018)


Sector: Education, Training and Culture / Health and Social Issues

Partners: Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher and Professional Education; Ministry of Culture and Tourism; Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection; City Council of the Island of Mozambique; Conservation Office of the Island of Mozambique; Professional School of the Island of Mozambique; UCCLA, Union of Capital Cities of Portuguese Language.; the Portugal Africa Foundation; Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage; Helpo NGDO.

Budget/duration: EUR 1 million/48 months

Aim of Intervention

To support the development and growth of the Island of Mozambique (classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the adjacent part of the country’s mainland with projects designed to preserve and restore the area’s historic and cultural heritage, oversee the region’s territorial planning and urban development, professional training, nursery school education and its link to primary education throughout the region.

The aim of this project is to deliver results in the three main areas: institutional capacity building and development of the municipality, upgrading the island’s level of education in the Professional School of the Island of Mozambique, developing nursery school education and the institutional capacity building of the Island’s Conservation Office.

One of the project’s main challenges is the creation of the Children's Centre of the Island of Mozambique (CIIM) where a new model of nursery education for 200 three- to six-year-olds has been in place since 2012. Another of the more visible aspects of this intervention involving the island’s Municipal Council are the public spaces, which are now cleaner and better organised as a result of the improvement of the urban services, information and increased awareness of the local population.

It also includes a pilot project involving the installation of 16 machines for recycling organic matter from the waste of about 1,000 residents on the adjacent area of the mainland, which has had a significant impact on improving the quality of life of the local population.