Mozambique - Vocational Training and Volunteering: perfect tandem of the Salesianos

26 October 2017

(ANS - Maputo) – After 18 years of civil war, Mozambique has achieved peace and independence. It has been a long journey of confrontation between two armies that, in 1992, signed peace treaties in Rome; at the same time, they de-commissioned some 60,000 young people without prospects, without life training and – worse - with one single education: war.

In this social sphere of absolute difficulty, with minimal human and material resources, and marked by a culture of mere survival, Salesian creativity has been able to see an opportunity to offer these young people with no present or future, the possibility to return to school, to resume their studies and to learn a trade through vocational training.

After 110 years of a Salesian presence in the country, and 24 years of specific activities in the sector, there are today five Salesian Centers for Vocational Training, Basic and Medium, as well as the Don Bosco Higher Institute of Maputo, dedicated to providing university education for future teachers of Vocational Training throughout the country.

The Salesians have opened the doors of a new society in Mozambique through a professional training system that, starting at zero, has been able to generate the development of basic technical skills that have become the seeds of change.

This long and fruitful journey would have been impossible without the permanent collaboration of volunteer staff from the Vocational Training Centers and companies who decided to invest in social responsibility, sharing knowledge and experience during specific training courses of 5 or 6 weeks – time taken from their own holidays.

This past summer, for example, technical volunteers, 17 professionals, carried out formative actions for the benefit of over 80 young people with more than 1,000 hours of lessons /practice. Young students who could, one day, be educators themselves, teachers who are technically qualified and committed to the human, educational, technological and social development of Mozambique.

Source: Misiones Salesianas


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