The kick-off event of the Theory-Practice Balance in Teacher Education Project was organised at the Universidade Pedagogica de Maputo, Mozambique on 24 November. The event was organised in a hybrid format that enabled both physical and online participation.
Present were 70 participants, 57 out of which were physically present in Maputo. Among the participants were representatives from: the Finnish embassy to Mozambique; Mozambican Ministry for Higher Education, Science and Technology; Mozambican Ministry for Education; UNESCO; Finnish National Agency for Education; ADPP; and from all the partners of the TEPATE project.
In the kick-off event, the senior management of partner institutions reaffirmed their commitment to the project. However, it was further stated by a number of participants, among them the UPM Vice-Rector and member of the TEPATE Board, the ADPP and UNESCO Representatives, that the TEPATE Project should not only be regarded an individual project but as a new strategy for long-term capacity building of teacher education at the Southern partner institutions.
The participants also expressed a clear wish to reach as many teachers as possible across the country in order to provide them with opportunities to update their pedagogical skills as part of the TEPATE project.
Sarita Monjane Henriksen, Universidade Pedagogica de Maputo
Roger González Margalef, Instituto Superior de Educação e Tecnologia
Eeva Lehtonen, JAMK University of Applied Sciences