Since the founding of the association, Nhapúpwè has been developing educational innovations. The fundamental question of innovation development has always been: “How can qualitative basic education be implemented with little financial resources?”

For the newly developed didactic materials and educational activities only local resources are used. This not only enhances sustainable employability in educational institutions in rural areas, but also promotes the appreciation of local materials.

Nhapúpwè has a variety of innovative didactic materials, new educational activities and motivational teaching methods. All are based on the use of local resources and the foundations of child-centered and inclusive education. The new developments are used in the Nhapúpwè pre-school and elementary school, tested and reflected in their benefits.

The source of the innovation process is the exchange among the intercultural team and the direct link with practice. The educators bring their different experiences and perspectives and thus combine their knowledge and creativity. The Nhapúpwè team is enriched by the participation of students from the College of Education as well as by volunteers from the ‘Weltwaerts’ organization. The innovations are passed on to institutions from the education sector through further education, counseling and the internships in the Nhapúpwè pre-primary and elementary school. In addition, workshops will be held on the development and production of didactic materials with local partners.

An example of the benefits of local resources

The term “local resources” refers to materials that can be procured locally and based on local conditions. These include natural materials from local plants, local market products as well as traditional crafting techniques and local places for excursions. These resources are used for the production of didactic materials and used in educational work. Families are also involved, collecting materials such as egg cartons, toilet paper rolls and empty cans. The use of these resources also allow educational institutions in rural areas of Mozambique to implement the Nhapúpwè model. In addition, their involvement promotes the appreciation of local material and Mozambican culture.