One World University Mozambique

Arriving to Maputo in the beginning of September after 3 months traveling, most of it in East African Countries. Everyone was happy to settle for a while after such an intense period in the rural African areas

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We visited small independent projects, big impact projects and everything that we were seen, discovered and learned during that time. As we spent a few days in NHQ where we gathered our thoughts and stories, we agreed on practicalities with the DI (development Instructor) responsible (Moniz) and planned our way to OWU.

The day we arrived in OWU was a holiday and the beginning of the weekend. We were welcomed by some staff and Paulo. The teacher that we will be in close contact with us for our next 3-month stay here. We took advantage of the weekend: cleaned and arranged our living space and took long walks to visit the surroundings.

One World University Mozambique

One World University

For those who have never been here (in OWU), I will say that the Institute is a huge compound, located 12 km away from the closest village (Changalane) in the south of Mozambique, only one walk away from the border with Swaziland. Momentarily the school has 2 groups of students present here, one Pedagogy group and one Community Development group (approximately 60 students in total) and 4 Dis in their Project Period.

After settling, we started planning our introduction to the school and exams with our long distance tutor Farai. We expected to have 4 exams while we will be here, in the meantime, the plan developed and one more exam was added to our schedule.
We are also starting planning our activities in the community around.

So far we had Contemporary World and Health Exams where everyone performed well and passed with high grades. The next exam planned is English that will take place next week, and the last one will be Natural and Environmental Science in the last week of our stay in OWU.

What do we do besides studies?

Our week is usually divided into study days and action days in the village close by (Changalane). There we are renovating a Pedagogical Center belonging to ADPP. ADDP has the scope of offering extra classes to the secondary school students located nearby. After the renovation is complete (next week), we will start English lessons and helping with homework for the students. Also, we will do literacy classes for the community and some computer classes for the ones interested. We received a proposal from ADPP to help painting 70ty primary schools, that they just finished building.

Classroom in One World University

The rest of the time here we spend with practical actions around the school. We do trash picking actions, we built a garden next to the place we live. This week we will harvest our first radish and mustard spinach. We made a firewood saving stove where we already baked our first bread, built a small oven to boil water when the electricity is gone, made benches to relax on and planted flowers. We will also establish a tippy tap, and a drip irrigation system for the garden, system that we already designed and now are gathering materials for.

Also, some of us have finished planning and preparations for the first-ever OWU radio broadcast. They do this together with some of the staff and students from OWU. We are all ready to listen to the one hour broadcast during lunch break time. We have agreed with OWU that all these actions we do around the place to be evaluated by the OWU tutors and count as our Expressive Arts exam.

Another kind of study period

Although our stay here is a short one, I feel that we have accomplished so much already. The focus is solely on study and exams and practically preparing ourselves for the project period with the community actions we do and the practical actions around One World University. The weather is also allowing us to be creative and try out all the ideas we have.

Most of the things we think are possible since we have access to cheap materials, we don’t have budget problems. Our mood is great, and all the students are focused on passing their exams! Just being in the Institute and interacting with students and other staff made One World University a “real thing” for the students!

 Jan FWP17

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BTP period – 3 months

Returning to school with heads and hands full of new knowledge and energy for Bringing it to the Public. Meeting with the team, showing, telling, exchanging experiences and making it common knowledge.

Producing articles, pamphlets, videos, presentations, exhibitions, speeches for debate forums, books and more. Studying further the curriculum in Fighting with The Poor, bringing the truth to the public. 

Going to different schools around Europe to spread the new knowledge in various creative ways – speeches, newspaper articles, lectures at universities and colleges, debates and other public events, exhibitions – leading to a better understanding and inspiring to take an action.

Passing the final exams in Fighting with The Poor. Using the last months together to conclude our future perspectives and possible ways of improving The Poor’s quality in life with humble ways of sharing knowledge.

Volunteer period – 6 months

The Project Work in Africa or India in cooperation with Humana People to People. In this period, you can work at:

  • Teacher training colleges
  • Educating teachers for rural areas
  • Vocational schools for young people
  • Schools for street children.Preschools
  • Sanitation and hygiene in rural areas
  • Tree planting campaigns
  • Raising funds for social projects by forming partnerships and selling second hand clothes and shoes
  • Stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS (following the program TCE/Total Control of the Epidemic)

Arriving at the project in Africa or India, having left behind a courageous journey where fundamental human capabilities have been turned around, refreshed and energised by knowing that things such as travelling can be done in a totally different way than the mainstream tourist travelling.

Ready for doing the work needed at the project, bringing plans and materials from the previous periods. Getting to know the people at the project, the vision and idea of the project and the many concrete tasks to be carried out.

Carrying out the tasks as defined within the necessities of the project and by the Project Leadership. Fighting shoulder to shoulder with The Poor: building preschools, starting Garden Farming, doing literacy campaigns, eradicating malaria, teaching about big issues of our time while working as a teacher at DNS, starting income-generating activities, working as a TCE Special Force in the fight against HIV/AIDS – as a few examples.

Studying and working with your Specialisation in Fighting with The Poor, finalising with a People’s Exam and a written thesis at the end of the period. Acquiring skills in information work: making interviews, taking notes and pictures, writing summaries and reports, recording videos.

Living together with the people at the project, being a good example of living a humble life while improving things with small means to make daily life better.

Travel period – 3 months

Living on the road, being on the move, finding means of transport and places to sleep, talking to people on the road, being curious to understand and know about the countries you are traveling through.

Making investigations, meeting people, visiting their workplaces, staying in their homes, understanding their problems, meeting their culture and values and sharing thoughts with them about the world and the future.

Telling people about your venture to a third world country, trying out bringing it to the public what you have so far experienced and learned. Putting up investigations on a higher level, asking tough questions to self and to the group, getting hold of more answers and putting up new questions.

Taking notes and pictures, writing reports and discussing the seen and the experienced.
Finding good ways of sticking together in the Trios and in the group as such during the travel period.

Study Period – 6 months

At this school, you will find that learning is not first and foremost about listening to the teacher.

The school’s Program consists of a range of intense and spirited activities, theoretical studies and experiences that constitute the sum of learning and life processes carried through by a group of people who for a considerable period of time share a Program with each other that demands cooperation and efforts, and which at the same time is sprinkled with elements that are inspiring and also quite out of the ordinary.

Thus, learning will also take place through communication, deliberations, through working out your plan for learning and sticking to it, and putting to use what you learned, the methods you used, the ideas you got from it and the results you harvested from the training.

You will train yourself in being adventurers and survivors, living and traveling under very humble conditions, not using much money and always finding a way out by ingenuity, being smart and sticking together with your teammates.