As per the decision from the central government of Mozambique, the schools in Maputo were closed in the summer of 2020 due to widespread Covid-19 infections. In response to the nationwide school closures, WfW combined resources with the local authority Maputo City Council (CMM) and the partnership organisations Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) to work towards a timely resumption of regular school operations at 50 primary schools in Maputo. Our joint efforts successfully prevented the affected students from missing another school year and further exacerbated existing social inequalities.
The reopening of 50 primary schools has been made possible through the implementation of comprehensive protective measures that ensure a safe resumption of classes in line with all current regulations.
Installation of about 470 mobile hand-washing stations at 50 schools in the districts of Nlhamankulo, KaMaxaquene and KaMubukwana.
Over 81,000 soaps were distributed in 50 primary schools to pupils and teachers, and in the households in the Maoanine C neighbourhood to community members.
HYGIENE PROMOTION AT SCHOOLS
Focusing on the awareness of good hygiene practices, almost 25,000 school children were reached with activities on hygiene practices and disease prevention through sessions in classrooms.
HYGIENE PROMOTION IN BARRIO
In order to promote health in the Magoanine C neighbourhood, community based organisations carried out activities with the aim to cover all 7,296 households of the barrio.
So-called WASH nuclei, volunteer students from fourteen focus schools, who act as role models and support the implementation of good hygiene practices at their school, were trained.
OPERATION AND MAINTAINANCE
The training of stationary WASH auxiliaries in each of the fourteen focus schools has strengthened the operation and maintenance of the WASH infrastructure, ensuring its sustainability.
SCHOOL REOPENING CEREMONY
WfW has worked intensively with local authorities and partnership organisations to ensure that schools can be opened again under safe conditions and that pupils do not miss another year of education. At the school reopening ceremony Edmundo Ribeiro, City Councilor for Education and Sports in Maputo, inaugurated the provided materials.
Edmundo Ribeiro, City Councillor for Education and Sports in Maputo, at the reopening ceremony. | Ricardo Franco
Inauguration of the materials provided | Ricardo Franco
Maputo City Council
All interventions in Maputo are in cooperation with Maputo's City Council (Conselho Municipalda Cidade de Maputo, CMM). Working with the Municipal Directorate of Education within the CMM ensures the alignment of all measures according to the Council’s strategy for the 101 primary schools in the municipality of Maputo.
Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)
WSUP ist eine britische Multi–Sektor-Partnerschaft und in sieben afrikanischen Ländern aktiv. Das Ziel von WSUP ist es, in Zusammenarbeit mit städtischen Wasser- und Abwasserversorgern finanziell nachhaltige und zahlbare Versorgungssysteme für arme Stadtgebiete zu ermöglichen. WfW arbeitet direkt mit WSUP Mozambique zusammen. WSUP ist für das Monitoring und Controlling sowie die Konzeption der von WfW finanzierten Projekte verantwortlich.