In its five classes from grade one to five, the elementary school accommodates up to 25 children each, among them those with and without disabilities, as well as from different social and cultural backgrounds. The Mozambican curriculum is being implemented with great emphasis on action-oriented, cooperative teaching methods. The children are strengthened in their individuality and they experience the motto ‘diversity enriches the world’ in an equal coexistence.
The pedagogical concept of the elementary school is based on child-centered and inclusive pedagogy. This is how the child, with its abilities and needs, takes center stage.
Through the use of different teaching methods and the opening of versatile approaches to the learning content, the integrated development of the child is promoted. The encouraging interaction with the child strengthens its self-confidence and promotes independence. Success experiences and mutual recognition increase the motivation of the children. With supportive guidance, the children practice expressing their feelings and accepting those of others as well.
Didactically, Nhapúpwè focuses on the concepts of active and cooperative learning and learning with all the senses. These methods are combined with aspects of Mozambican culture and are implemented using local resources.
The elementary school is financed by monthly contributions from parents. The solidarity contribution concept enables children from low-income families to attend the primary school for free. There are three contribution groups, with one third of the children coming from families paying full, medium or small / no contributions.