Antônia has lived in Nampula, Mozambique, all her life. She always dreamed of becoming a teacher.
“Education is rare in my country. It is not easy to get access to it,” Antônia says. “That is what motivated me to join a teaching course.”
A mother of five, Antônia started her teacher training through evening courses, raising her family in the day. She graduated in 2010, securing a teaching role at an elementary school. But Antônia had already set her sights on the next step in her career: she wanted to become a high school teacher. Antônia enrolled on another evening course and continued her training.
Four years later, Antônia qualified and accepted a new role at a high school in the city, where she teaches Information Communication Technology (ICT) to students in the 11th and 12th grades. But limited resources at the school created new challenges.
“When I started, we could only teach with our own computers. The school did not have its own equipment. Imagine a class with 70 students, working with a single computer. It was a challenge. It was hard to teach.”
At the heart of the programme is a ‘school in a box’ designed to transform traditional classrooms into multimedia hubs for learning. The box includes tablets for students, a laptop for the teacher, internet connectivity, a projector, speaker, solar charging and a library of digital educational resources transform existing classrooms into multimedia hubs for learning.
Here, Antônia describes the impact of Instant Network Schools for her colleagues and students:
Along with another Instant Network School in Mozambique, located in the Maratane Refugee Settlement, the programme is supporting over 11,500 students, and over 250 teachers in the country.
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