Educational projects were among ESSOR's founding actions in the underprivileged communities of Brazil in the late 1980s, and in Mozambique since 2000. They correspond to Millennium Objective 2: To provide elementary education for all; that is: to give girls and boys the means to complete a full cycle of elementary studies.
Through an interactive pedagogical model, ESSOR and its partners strive to take the time to understand the learning process of children and the universe they live in, in order to create a connection between them and the adult world. The projects are based on strengthening the capabilities of those involved locally: schools and associations.
Preschool and Daycare:
ESSOR has been creating daycares centres in Brazil since the 1980s and has begun their implementation in Mozambique in order to respond to the childcare needs of underprivileged parents and to promote psychomotor development in children. Preschool is a domain often neglected by public institutions and organizations, even though it promotes the development and stimulation of children's abilities and facilitates their socialisation, which is a measure of their successful integration into the school system.
Educative Route :
Developed by ESSOR, the “educational route” is intended for teenager (14 to 18 years old) living in a high social risk.
Through a group work (20 to 25 teenagers) and during 5 to 6 months, it helps the youth to gain new competences (interpersonal skills, communication) and knowleges (sickness prevention, vocation..) in order to prepare their personnal and profesionnal futur hoping that they will be proactive for changes and initiatives within their community.
This is a major aspect of our educational projects. With the help of teachers, at-risk students are chosen to take remedial courses in the subjects in which they are having difficulty. Instructors from community organisations are trained by the pedagogical teams of the different projects, in Brazil or Mozambique.
Education also includes the fight against adult illiteracy. Literacy courses are often preconditions for more specific training programs.