An AAI alumna, with assistance from Mouzinho Mario, AAI former Country Representative, is spearheading efforts in the donation of books, computers, equipment and furniture from AAI’s Mozambique country office to benefit the southern African nation’s local secondary schools and universities.
Angelina Paulino Comé, an AAI alumna, is a trained secondary school teacher who earned a Master’s degree in Portuguese Language Teaching from the Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal, in 2006, as an IFP Fellow. Comé, who currently works at the Pedagogical University, has maintained close ties with secondary schools in Maputo and has been instrumental in facilitating the donation.
The Mozambique office closed its doors in December 2012, following the end of the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program worldwide. AAI has been working with Mozambique since the 1960s, prior to its independence, and opened the country office in Maputo in 1994.
“In keeping with our mission to strengthen human capacity in Africa, The Africa-America Institute is pleased to donate books and equipment that are essential to enhancing the quality of education in secondary schools and universities and giving Mozambican students a competitive edge with the latest computers, technology and electronic devices,” said Amini Kajunju, President and CEO of AAI.
The donated items to Francisco Manyanga Secondary School in Maputo, which has an enrollment of 7,200 students and 40 classrooms, includes computers, printers and scanners, photocopier, desks, tables and chairs, and file cabinets, among other items. Established in 1958, the school was named after Francisco Manyanga, a hero of Mozambique’s liberation war.
Eduardo Mondlane University received computer equipment, photocopier, paper shredder, cameras as well as items such as air conditioners and fans, and freezers. Eduardo Mondlane University is Mozambique’s oldest and largest university with 27,000 students.
The university’s Faculty of Education, Law School, and Economics will benefit from academic and scholarly books on Africa, global economics, law and international development in both English and Portuguese from AAI. Book titles donated to the university include The Puzzling Paradox of The African Food Crisis, Searching for the Truth and Facing the Challenge, International Labour Migrants, Unsung Heroes of GlobalisationInternational Labour Migrants, Unsung Heroes of Globalisation, Transforming Conflicts and Building Peace, among nearly 140 books.