Nhápúpwè cooperates with various partners to have the widest possible impact and to gain access to support for their work.
Support association Nhapúpwè
The Nhapúpwè Support Association, based in Germany, was founded in 2011 with the main goal of promoting Nhapúpwè’s work and therefore the quality of basic education in Mozambique. Child-centered, inclusive teaching and learning methods should be made accessible to as many children, teachers, and educators as possible. The chairman of the support association, Tobias Krause, was the first volunteer through the Weltwärts program and worked at Nhapúpwè in Inhambane for a year in 2008. As a special education teacher, he continues to provide valuable input for Nhapúpwè’s educational work and training. Other members of the support association board, Jenny Echelmeyer and Gudrun Große Ruse, have also visited Nhapúpwè’s work through private visits.
Donations are directly transferred by the support association to Nhapúpwè in Inhambane, and tax-deductible donation receipts are issued at the end of each year. Half-yearly reports enable all members of the support association to witness how Nhapúpwè is developing and which projects were supported by the donations.
It is important to highlight that the entire support association board works on a voluntary basis, resulting in no overhead costs. Apart from minimal costs for the annual Christmas card or bank fees, all donations benefit Nhapúpwè’s work in Mozambique in full.
Board of Directors of the Förderverein
Gudrun Große Ruse
In 2012, Nhapúpwè was fortunate to meet mobilezone (then still known as powwow). Since then, mobilezone has been supporting the work of Nhapúpwè with regular donations and professional assistance. The construction of Nhapúpwè’s own infrastructure, consisting of a preschool, a primary school, a library, two school buses, wheelchair-accessible pathways, and good sanitation facilities, was largely financed by powwow. This enabled Nhapúpwè to increase the number of children from 45 to over 350 today. The qualitative infrastructure also strengthened the recognition of the government and other organizations in Mozambique, allowing for the implementation of large cooperation projects. As part of the Butterfly project, powwow supports Nhapúpwè with professional advice in the areas of marketing, design, external presentation, and fundraising. For example, mobilezone organized the logo and the new website. Mobilezone employees also visit Nhapúpwè to experience the work firsthand and make direct, needs-oriented contributions on-site as part of volunteer assignments.
Government of Mozambique
A very important partner for Nhapúpwè is the Mozambican authorities in the field of education. This includes the Ministry for Gender, Children and Social Affairs (responsible for early childhood education) and the Ministry of Education, as well as the respective representatives at provincial and district level. For Nhapúpwè, it is important not to establish parallel structures, but to support the government’s work. This can achieve legitimacy for their own work and a joint reinforcement of efforts to promote educational quality. In cooperation with national teacher training institutes, many state teachers have already benefited from Nhapúpwè’s experience in their training. In collaboration with the Ministry for Gender, Children and Social Affairs, decision-makers in the new preschool program were trained. Suggestions from Nhapúpwè are also incorporated into programs and national guidelines, so that they can be implemented nationwide. So many of the modules for national teacher training were actually written by Nhapúpwè.
Multilateral organizations (Unicef, GIZ, USAID, etc.)
In Mozambique, there are various bilateral and multilateral organizations that are involved in the field of education. As Nhapúpwè can only finance the running costs of its own preschool and primary school with its revenue, it relies on donations or collaborations with funding organizations. As the relevance and technical competence of Nhapupwe are well-known, many projects have already been carried out with various partners. From 2009 to 2016, the GIZ (German Society for International Cooperation) supported Nhapupwe with an integrated specialist through the Center for International Migration and Development (CIM), thus strengthening organizational development and the contribution of expertise. Teacher training and training for trainers of state teacher training institutes were also carried out in cooperation with the GIZ. In cooperation with UNICEF, Nhapúpwè provided large-scale teacher training in the province of Zambesia in northern Mozambique from 2016 to 2018. This enabled more than 100 teachers to be taught active teaching methods. USAID financed the development of modules for different degrees of national teacher education from 2011 to 2014. Nhapúpwè is pleased that, even without large resources, its experiences and pedagogical innovations have already been passed on to many preschools and primary schools in the country.
National Organizations and Networks
Nhápupwè also collaborates with many national and local organizations, associations, and networks. For example, Nhápupwè is one of the founding members of the Early Childhood Development Network (RDPI / Rede do Desenvolvimento da Primeira Infancia). Shortly after Nhápupwè was founded, the government prioritized early childhood education, and many early developments were accompanied by Nhápupwè. By being present in national forums and networks, activities and measures can be better coordinated and aligned. Exchange with other relevant actors in the education sector such as Wona Sanana, PATH International, and Childfund supports the exchange of experiences and sharing of best practices. Currently, a parent group is establishing an association to promote the inclusion of children with disabilities in Inhambane, which is already in close contact with Nhápupwè. This makes it easier to identify children with special needs, and schools can offer targeted training according to their needs.
Programm Weltwärts, BMZ Welthaus Bielefeld
Since the start of the Weltwärts program funded by BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) in 2008, Nhápupwè has been hosting volunteers from Germany. The program aims to provide young people with the opportunity to immerse themselves in another culture and contribute locally for a year after completing their secondary education. The Weltwärts volunteers at Nhápupwè work in pre-school and primary school, supporting English lessons and the production of didactic materials. This enriches Nhápupwè’s heterogeneous team, and often new ideas are born through the volunteers’ different experiences and perspectives. In Germany, the program is organized by various providers. The Welthaus Bielefeld sends volunteers to Mozambique and southern Africa, so interested parties can contact them for more information.
Donate to Nhapúpwè
Nhapúpwè is supported by an association founded by a parent and educator initiative.
The aim of the association is to strengthen preschool education in Mozambique in general. The school in Inhambane is also used as a center for training, innovation development, and consultation. Educators and government partners receive practical support from Nhapúpwè in achieving good quality education with limited financial resources.
8.331 €from 30.828 € collected with a total of 18 donations.