Gorongosa Project signs MOU with Ministry of Education to build 40 schools, increase access to education and improve retention

Photo: Inside a new school built by the Gorongosa Project in 2020

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

The Gorongosa Restoration Project (GRP) and the Ministry of Education and Human Development of Mozambique (MINEDH) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Maputo where the GRP is committed to supporting MINEDH in improving access to education in the Park’s Buffer Zone. This memorandum has the specific objective of establishing mechanisms of cooperation between the parties, through which the GRP will implement Education programs in the districts of the Buffer Zone of the Park, with a view to increasing access and retention, particularly for girls, in the improvement of education and institutional capacity building. Also, under the signature of this memorandum signed by the Minister of Education and Human Development, Carmelita Rita Namashulua and by the President of the Gorongosa Restoration Project, Greg Carr, GRP is committed to building and equipping 40 schools and other educational infrastructures such as housing for teachers, water supply, toilets and school libraries

Greg Carr and Mozambique Education Minister Carmelita Rita Namashulua

The Minister of Education and Human Development, Carmelita Namashulua, stated that: “The Memorandum that we signed, whose objective is the creation and expansion of educational opportunities and the guarantee of access and retention, the improvement of the quality of teaching and the strengthening of institutional capacity in buffer zone of Gorongosa National Park, namely in the districts of Cheringoma, Dondo, Gorongosa, Nhamatanda, Maringué and Muanza, results from the existing awareness about the role of education in the progress of society and the interest in building a more enlightened nation, within the framework of joint efforts in implementing the Strategic Education Plan.”

In turn, Greg Carr, President of the Gorongosa Restoration Project, stated that: “We signed a collaboration agreement with the Mozambican Ministry of Education to support schools near Gorongosa Park: teacher training, after-school clubs, pre-schools and new school buildings. We will use the financial support of our friends, like USA, Norway, Ireland and others, for a total of US $ 15,000,000, during the five years of the implementation of this plan for the education sector.”

About the Gorongosa Project

Gorongosa National Park (GNP) in Mozambique is perhaps Africa’s greatest wildlife restoration story. In 2008, a 20-year Public-Private Partnership was established for the joint management of GNP between the Government of Mozambique and the Carr Foundation (Gorongosa Restoration Project), a US nonprofit organization. In 2018, the Government of Mozambique signed an extension of the joint management agreement for another 25 years. By adopting a 21st Century conservation model of balancing the needs of wildlife and people, Gorongosa is protecting and saving this beautiful wilderness, returning it to its rightfulplace as one of Africa’s greatest national parks.

GNP has been described as one of the most diverse parks on Earth, covering a vast expanse of 400,000hectares. In recent years, the Gorongosa Project, with the support of Mozambique’s National Administrationof Conservation Areas (ANAC), has ensured the protection of a recovering population of lions in this ecosystem, successfully reduced key threats, and has been recognized as one of National Geographic’s “Last Wild Places” and by TIME Magazine as one of the “World’s Greatest Places”.

If you would like more information about this topic or would like to schedule an interview with those involved in the project, please call Vasco Galante at +258 822970010 (WhatsApp) or email vasco@gorongosa.net.

For more general information, visit http://www.gorongosa.org / https://www.gorongosacoffee.com

You may follow the daily activities of Gorongosa National Park here: https://www.facebook.com/gorongosa/

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