-A community literacy project design by Margarida Botelho and sponsored
by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture.
-Become a reader by experiencing the process of making your own book.
-Learn about yourself and the world around you,through your personal story.
Literacy objects to be used by literacy teachers
-training in EP1 Machava, 30 teachers involved.
-capEFA- Unesco, supported this activity with fine arts materials.
- Printing different literacy objects and
books using content and images produced by
literacy teachers in training sessions.
Mutauanha training center
- training the literacy trainers on how to use illustration,
graphic design and layout software tools.
- Producing literacy books using local content.
- Training: post-production photoshop - pictures treatment.
- Making a digital data base with local pictures to be used in
future books produced by Mutauanha Center.
Participation in the literacy week with Mutauanha team
-working as a volunteer in a mission,
supporting the local school and
training future teachers, Muhala, Nampula.
OS DIREITOS DAS CRIANÇAS - Children rights through
Ilha Moçambique´s children EYES! - September 2009
Daina (UNESCO) and Margarida
1 week . 3 schools . 980 children (5-18 years old)
... discussions, storytelling, debates, drawings and story writing ...
- Children had an opportunity to share stories on how they live and
how they are treated at home and in schools.
Various child abuse
situations were identified
by children as common in
abuse (insulting), child
starvation (Ramadan period),
child labour, physical abuse
through beating children,
not sending children to
school, blackmailing and
children and sexual abuse.
Present and future ideas
-producing a book/manual bilingual (making off) of this activity,
to help teachers to develop hands on methodology of child participation.
The exhibition, as a way of dignify children´s voice, involving
the community in the project, creating important and dynamic
intercultural and intergenerational social nets.
Ilha de Moçambique
Encounters - intergenerational dialogue trough stories...
the children are the ones who collect their grannies stories
stories and using radio
(children program) as a
way of communicate and
engage the community in
children rights ...
Festival Cultural da Ilha de Moçambique
-creation of the graphic design and image for the Festival.
-Participation in the organization of the Festival.
- designing a CAPULANA for
the festival ON´HIPITI
with ilha´s Heritage
Museu da Ilha de Moçambique
-Using cultural centers as a privileged stage for community
Museu da Ilha de Moçambique
- creation of a theater group to work the stories made by the
children and grannies.
Regular theater presentations as a way of keeping children and
families motivated on sharing intangible heritage ...
Ilha de Moçambique
Training a group of youngsters guides on hand made books:
-a picture hand made book dictionary (Portuguese/Macua)
(This project needs support to keep going in the future)
Refugee camp, Maratane, Nampula UNHCR
-5000 refugees from R.D.Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia ...settled
in a Mozambican village, an intercultural challenge!
Work directly with the camp motivators/facilitators
-specific training according the needs ... Sustainable process
... small actions to help the big action!
The story board methodology as a training to develop cognitive
skills ... And also constructive knowledge.
Art in Maratane
-high level of an artistic background among the refugees.
-High level of motivation and work capacity.
-Artistic work with children as a macrocosms that reflects the
daily life in the camp, a way of identifying problems and needs!
-dramatic war stories - Encounters as a spontaneous process of
Child labour - a gender problem to be discuss in future programs
little girls with the responsibility of taking care of babies...
the most spoken
words in the
A “cinema company” in the camp that wants to make films - fiction
through their real life stories ...
-training MATOKEO “journalists” to make
a sustainable hand made camp
-designing a CAPULANA
with symbols of each
in the camp.
During all this projects, working with different communities, I felt
that I “opened” different doors and in a way I raised a lot of
expectations for the future among the people who I worked with, this was
why I decided to transform my report in a picture presentation showed on
the 25th January in Unesco Office, so I could shared with project and
program officers my feedback about what I saw and experienced in the
field. Not being a UN staff, my position was really privileged because I
maintained an independence that generated flexibility. My position was a
mediator but also a implementer along with other partners in the
projects. I left many “seeds” that will die if the is no one to water
them. In my opinion based in what I saw many times there isn´t a clear
long term and sustainable plan for the field. One week and weekends
trainings is not enough. The effective implementers, they need to be
monitorised and accompanied. Also, one day assessments are not real,
there has to be an implication and involvement do have a clear idea of
what is going on.
Once again, I felt there is a huge gap between the projects designed in
the office and what really happens in the field. And is in between that
everything happens. What I can recommend or suggested based in what I
experienced is that there should be more sharing results and linked
projects, so a new project can potentialize the previous one and vice-
versa. Without this connection is just a succession of projects and not
a clear mission. Maybe this apparently easy practical-based process is
an Utopia, because all UN agencies have to maintain a complex theorical
burocracy and has to be the governmental partners, the ones that
implement. Once again, the role of a mediator is really urgent, to avoid
waste of funding, project and program officer´s energy, time and effort!
Obrigada a todos os que
ajudaram a tornar estes 7
meses um verdadeiro