Humana People to People

Humana People to People

We are attending the US-Africa Business Summit in Maputo, Mozambique

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Humana People to People is attending the US-Africa Business Summit being hosted by the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) and the Government of Mozambique. The 12th edition of the summit will be held from 18 – 21 June 2019 in Maputo, Mozambique.

The US-Africa Business Summit brings together more than 1,000 US and African private sector executives, international investors, senior government officials and multilateral stakeholders. The summit will serve as a platform for USA and African business and government leaders to engage, network, explore and advocate for effective US and Africa trade and investment.

Since 1997, Corporate Council on Africa's US-Africa Business Summit has been regarded as an essential conference on doing business including investing in Africa. The multi-day conference will address the rapidly evolving models for business and investment on the continent's most pressing sectors. It is going to offer countless opportunities for meeting new partners, gathering insights and business development.

 

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ADPP Mozambique and Planet Aid Inc, both members of Humana People to People, will be present at the four day event. At the summit they will hold exhibitions showcase the sustainable development activities which are improving thousands of people across southern Africa including Guinea Bissau. Planet Aid Inc is a member of Corporate Council on Africa. It is supporting the implementation of development work in the key areas of education, health – HIV and AIDS, sustainable agriculture, climate change and environment protection. ADPP Mozambique is a Mozambican local charity organization which has been supporting the people of Mozambique to transform their lives since 1982. As of now ADPP Mozambique is running 11 teacher training colleges, a university, three vocational schools, several health projects responding to HIV and AIDS, TB, malaria and nutrition impacting millions of lives.

Sustainability and corporate social responsibility initiatives are hallmarks of many Corporate Council on Africa member organizations. Most of the organizations are heavily investing in transforming the lives of people in Africa.

In a special session called “Corporate Council on Africa Members Doing Good”, Marie Lichtenberg Director of International Partnerships at Planet Aid Inc will be part of a panel forum. She will present on sustainable and corporate social responsibility on Friday 21st of June 2019 at 0730hrs Central Africa time. The session will highlight a few of Corporate Council on Africa’s member organizations and their initiatives doing good in Africa.

Planet Aid has accumulated a wealth of experience in teaming up with other members of Humana People to People in raising funding for development work in Africa, India and Latin America. Some of the funds it raised has supported large scale HIV and AIDS programmes in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

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Currently, Planet Aid and ADPP Mozambique are implementing the Food for Knowledge project in Mozambique. The project is a comprehensive school feeding, nutrition and education initiative funded by the US Department of Agriculture as part of the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program. The programme is benefiting over 89,000 children in 271 primary schools of Maputo province in Mozambique.

Humana People to People and its members work closely with the governments of Africa in transforming lives of the marginalized populations. All the solidary cooperation in development work seek to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

At the EDD 2019 we say “Young People Can”

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Humana People to People will be taking part at the European Development Days 2019 in Brussels as of 18 – 19 June. At the annual event, the focus is on developing communities to achieve equality.

European Development Days 2019 (EDD19), convened by the European Commission, will bring the development community together under the overarching theme, ‘Addressing Inequalities: Building a World Which Leaves No One Behind’.

The EDD19 agenda is organized around three main themes: why inequalities matter for sustainable development; understanding the structural causes of inequalities; and working better together through more effective policies to address inequalities.

At the two day event Humana People to People will participate in a Lab Debate on Inequality of Opportunity which seeks to discuss the need for an expansion of the traditional TVET system to provide skills development for young people who are often excluded from the formal system.  Presentations will be centered on sharing best practices and strategies crucial in addressing the individual and socio-economic contexts affecting vulnerable young people. Further, deliberations will help to shed light on facilitating effective economic inclusion and equipping young people for decent work opportunities. 

Besides taking part in the Lab Debate, Humana People to People will participate in the global village at stand 58 titled “Young People Can”, which is about improving Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) access, completion and transition into the labour market for vulnerable youth in rural areas.

Globally, 71 million young people are unemployed. Young women, disabled youth and those in rural areas are disproportionately represented in this figure. Young people make up 35% of the population across Sub Saharan Africa, and approximately 45% live in rural areas according to World Bank projections. Rural youth present an impressive opportunity for countries looking to take advantage of the demographic dividend, however they often lack access to quality and relevant opportunities for skills training. 

 

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Humana People to People members in six countries run skills training programmes in rural areas. Courses equip students with the capacity to create economic opportunities for themselves as they transition into the labour market. Young people are afforded an opportunity to acquire skills in a particular technical trade of their own choice as well as extensive entrepreneurship trainings and, where possible, work attachments in local businesses. The trainings, although in social development concepts, are integrated as an element of fighting the effects of poverty and are much a focal point within the seven vocational training schools located in Guinea Bissau, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Additionally, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo run special skills training programmes responding to the lower secondary school students and young women, respectively. Over 1,600 youth graduate from the seven vocational training schools every year. 

As Humana People to People responds to the principal inequality of economic opportunities for youth in rural areas, its skills training programmes integrate cross cutting issues such as gender equality, reproductive health and disability inclusion. The vocational skills training programmes directly contribute to the 2030 Agenda and EU development priorities. All courses are nationally accredited and their development approach involves extensive collaboration with government, private sector and communities in identifying synergies between youth interests and local skills demand. 

CIES 2019 and Bilingual Early Grade Reading in Mozambique

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Humana People to People will be represented by its member, Planet Aid Inc, at the Comparative International Education Society (CIES) conference to be held in San Francisco, California USA from 14th to 18th of April 2019. Education for sustainability is the focus of this year’s CIES conference.

CIES presents itself as seeking to contribute to an understanding of education through encouragement and promotion of comparative education related areas of enquiry and interest. Its members explore educational issues related to schools, students, teachers, and administrators; from early childhood and primary school to secondary and higher education, as well as non-formal education and lifelong learning.

During the five day CIES conference, Planet Aid will promote Food for Knowledge’s work toward achieving programme sustainability by emphasizing its holistic approach—integrating educational and nutritional development interventions—and its success in creating an effective partnership with the Government of Mozambique. Food for Knowledge team members will participate in two panels at CIES 2019 conference, discussing results of an early grade reading programme in Mozambique and the programme as a whole!

 

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The programme is in its third year of introducing a bold approach aimed at improving literacy among primary school children. The programme is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.

Planet Aid’s Food for Knowledge (FFK) programme is improving the academic performance and nutritional status of young Mozambicans. This comprehensive program is implemented by Planet Aid’s local partner, ADPP Mozambique, along with Cambridge Education and WISHH.

Young children in Mozambique speak one of several local languages when they enter school, but they are frequently taught from the beginning to read in Portuguese, the official national language. This creates an obstacle in their acquisition of early reading skills.

To address literacy challenges in the nation, FFK has developed a flagship early-grade reading programme that is helping children begin reading in the local languages of Changana and Rhonga. Teachers receive training and support from reading coaches, trained by the programme. The bilingual early grade reading programme, developed in partnership with the Government of Mozambique, helps to propel the national focus on local language education and build sustainability through collaboration.

The programme teaches children to “crack the code” of the written word by learning to read in their mother tongue. This helps to accelerate learning and makes it easier for children to later learn to read in Portuguese.

“Our main focus is to have the largest number of children finishing third grade who know how to read and write,” said Olivia Machel, literacy component manager for Food for Knowledge.

 

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“A child learns better in the language they speak at home, which is why we decided to move towards bilingual teaching beginning with languages spoken locally,” explained Machel.

In addition to having developed these materials, FFK is also training teachers in student-centered and evidence-based early grade reading methodologies.

“The teachers are being trained in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension,” said Machel. Teachers who have trained and have begun using the materials have observed greater response from their students.

“I see great interaction in the classroom with the students. This is the result of the relaxation they feel because they can communicate in a language that they know,” explained Herminia, a teacher who has been using the reading materials at Chicoachana Primary School.

The early grade reading programme represents a sustainable and effective enhancement to the local curriculum, helping to build a solid foundation for greater literacy. Together with its other components, Food for Knowledge is creating the momentum for long-term sustainability of the programme and the development of the nation.

Learn more at www.planetaid.org/ffk .

BIELLA MEETS MALAWI

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Humana People to People Italia ONLUS is co-operating with some Italian municipalities in protecting the environment and creating developing within marginalized communities in developing countries. The organization was started in 1998 with the purpose to raise funds through collection and resale of used clothes. The revenue realized from the sale of second hand clothes collected from the province of Biella, Piedmont region of Italy is contributing to transforming lives in Malawi.

Below is an account of what happened at an event marking winning a public tender to collect textile waste in Biella province.  

"Biella meets Malawi", the event organized by HUMANA People to People Italia and Co.S.R.A.B, which Caritas Diocesana took part, was held today at the headquarters of Città Studi di Biella.

The meeting was an opportunity to illustrate the project “400 primary schools”, financed by HUMANA thanks to the revenues from the sale of used clothes collected in the territory of Biella. The project was explained by Lisbeth Thomsen, responsible for the activities of DAPP Malawi, sister company of HUMANA in Malawi.

“400 Primary School started with a small group of 18 teachers in 2012, today there are 90 teachers working in 73 schools. Up to now the project has reached over 35.000 beneficiaries. Thanks to the support of HUMANA Italia the children study in a stimulating environment and the teachers are updated on the most modern teaching methods. Education is one of the most critical challenges for Malawi, where, today, only the 52% of the children who has started primary school complete school” said Thomsen during a skype call from Blantyre.

“Today’s meeting has shown how the simple gesture of donating a used dress to HUMANA is the first step in a well-structured chain of solidarity, in which many people work to carry out initiatives of great social impact: it’s because of that first little gesture that everything can begin”  said Alessandro Strada, Head of Marketing HUMANA People to People Italia. 

HUMANA People to People Italia has been collecting and recovering clothes in Biella since 2015, and since 2017 HUMANA has reconfirmed and expanded its presence by winning the announcement of the public tender announced by Consorzio Smaltimento Rifiuti Area Biellese. Since the beginning of 2018 the generosity of the citizens of Biella has allowed HUMANA to collect about 465 thousand kilos of clothes, shoes and accessories that were no longer used.

The international cooperation organization funds solidarity and development projects in India, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Namibia and Zambia. The activity of HUMANA will also contribute to supporting local social initiatives, such as the sharing canteen “Il pane quotidiano di Biella”.

"The collaboration with HUMANA People to People Italia is for Co.S.R.A.B. reason for great satisfaction. For the Consorzio all the recovery chains are fundamental for the great value they have in terms of environmental protection. Combining the care of the environment with solidarity objectives in favor of the neediest populations and with important social initiatives within the territory of our province of Biella is the best result that Co.S.R.A.B. can obtain and testify the goodness of the policies undertaken by the Organization with the adhesion and participation of all the consortium Municipalities, whom we thank for the concrete support provided to the initiatives proposed by the Consorzio. Co.S.R.A.B. He also commends his thanks to the generosity of the citizens of Biella who daily using the yellow containers of HUMANA demonstrate their attention and sensitivity to the themes of both international and local solidarity and the protection of the environment ". Michele Lerro – President Co.S.R.A.B

To educate our next generation we must first educate our teachers



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It is estimated that almost 69 million teachers need to be recruited around the world by 2030 if international pledges on education are to be met, warns UNESCO. African countries face the largest gaps in staffing levels and the continent accounts for nearly two-thirds of the teachers estimated to be needed globally by 2030. Addressing the problem of who will educate the continent’s fast-growing young population is a matter of urgency. Alongside the concerning trend of teacher shortages in Africa is the problem of quality of education and teaching on the continent, which has caused millions to be sold short by the lack of adequate teacher training.

In many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, teachers are faced with very high teacher-to-pupil/student ratio, limited teaching resources and poor school infrastructure. At the same time they are expected to deliver high quality education meeting the international standards. However, the effort the teachers are making is going a long mile in providing education in many deprived communities in Africa. Teachers with little or no training are coming in to cover the shortage of trained teachers as the national governments are failing to meet the demand of teachers in their countries. Their contribution is worth recognizing as the governments are reminded of the need to deliver on SDG 4.
Indeed, across Africa, there continues to be huge disparities between rural and urban education, with evidence continuing to show that primary school enrolment rates in rural areas severely lag behind urban rates in most developing countries. Children, and particularly young girls, in these areas suffer worse learning outcomes and completion rates than their peers in urban areas. Factors that contribute to this include low teacher quality, high pupil-to-teach ratios, teacher retention and teacher absenteeism.

But why? A major contributing factor is that the majority of teachers prefer to teach in urban areas. This leads to rural schools often recruiting less experienced teachers because those with better qualifications are more likely to fill the highly sought-after jobs in urban areas. This is coupled with difficulties presented by periods of absenteeism, which is far more common in rural schools where teachers take longer periods of time off to see doctors, families and to attend training. Teachers working in rural areas also face longer walks to school from their communities which results in shorter teaching hours. The remoteness of these schools also results in accountability levels being far lower than acceptable as inspectors and government officials rarely make trips to ensure standards are being met. The result is a harmful erosion of hours of teaching received by children and a collapse in standards of education.

 

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Humana People to People has been tackling the rural teacher challenge head on for many years. Our unique approach has seen 39,000 graduates globally take up and retain positions mostly in rural communities. The teacher training colleges in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Congo, Guinea Bissau, Zambia and India go beyond traditional academic training with a focus on a practical and holistic education. Our guiding principle is to see education as both building knowledge and promoting citizenship, as education is an integral part of community development with schools and teachers playing a major role in the rural communities. Our graduates become community teachers who are equipped with not only the skills to teach academic subjects, but the practical knowledge of how to build latrines, wells and houses.

To prepare them for the realities of rural life, our trainees are taken out to live in and learn from the communities, to familiarise them with their future roles and ensure the communities are actively engaged in and aware of the importance of education. Over the years we have found that this holistic and unique approach to teacher training has instilled a sense of pride in our teachers, resulted in a decline in absenteeism and improved educations systems in the communities in which the graduates have served.

On World Teachers’ Day Humana People to People would like to celebrate the 39,000 graduates who have trained with us and the 11,600 trainees currently completing their studies at our colleges. In 2018 and beyond we will collectively continue to fight for the many children globally who still do not have access to quality teachers.