Alice's family were homeless and in extreme poverty when her miner father and brother died.

Inclusive education experts needed in Mozambique

This year, we're launching an ambitious new inclusive education programme in Mozambique that will enhance the economic empowerment of young women over the next five years. The programme is run in partnership with the Mozambique government, local and international NGOs and VSO volunteers, and is funded by Global Affairs Canada.

The Empowering Adolescent Girls to Learn and Earn (EAGLE) programme will reach 3,000 out-of-school-girls, 4,000 boys and 120 community teachers, increasing girls' access to education and improving their literacy, numeracy, and business and life skills. We will focus particularly on those who are married with children, living with a disability, and/or affected by HIV and AIDS.

We are looking for inclusive education professionals with expertise in literacy, numeracy, gender, disability, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Empowering Adolescent Girls to Earn and Learn

Rute's daughter Linda (aged 15) inside the barraca at the front of their house in Maputo.

The Empowering Adolescent Girls to Earn and Learn (EAGLE) project aims to support marginalised girls who have had no previous schooling, dropped out of school, or failed to achieve basic numeracy and literacy skills in primary school. 

These girls are prevented from attending school as a result of poverty and harmful cultural norms, and have prioritised economic work and household and childcare responsibilities over education.

Girls forced into early marriage, or those who are pregnant or with children, are barred from regular day school as a result of existing policies. Those with disabilities face social stigma and physical barriers integrating into schools and the community. Collectively, these girls have been out of school for a number of years and often have little external engagement with actors outside their communities to gain employment skills and generate income.

The project works in Manica and Sofala provinces, where poverty rates stand at 55% and 58% respectively, to help girls: 

  • access accelerated literacy and numeracy classes that are age and disability appropriate;
  • attain basic literacy and numeracy to support the development of business, financial and life skills for income-generating activities;
  • gain community and peer support for their education.

This initiative works with local education organisations to establish mobile learning centres, as well as training teachers, protection committees and local government coordination groups to support girls with their service and resource needs to take part in school successfully.

Volunteer with VSO

We are looking for inclusive education professionals with expertise in literacy, numeracy, gender, disability and sexual and reproductive health and rights to support the EAGLE project. Please note that all roles require a good command of both spoken and written English and Portuguese, or willingness to learn Portuguese.

We are currently recruiting for the following roles in Mozambique:

Why volunteer?

From VSO you’ll get something few other volunteering organisations offer: an opportunity to use your skills and experience to have a long-lasting impact on people's lives.

VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. Over the past 60 years, we've worked in over 90 countries, with more than 80,000 volunteers, supporting 50,000,000 people.

How we support our volunteers 

VSO provides a support package which includes a basic living allowance, accommodation, medical cover and travel expenses. You'll get extensive training before leaving and support from local staff when you're overseas, and when you return, we'll help you resettle.