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The Japanese Agency for International Cooperation (JICA) is investing about US$6 million in the standardisation of the vocational education system in Mozambique.
The project started roughly nine months ago, with the first phase consisting in diagnosing the curricula existing in the branches, to be followed by equipping laboratories and training instructors.
Thirty managers, including directors, pedagogical coordinators and heads of secretariat at the country’s employment and vocational training centres have been training in Maputo since Monday.
The Japanese director of the project, Yoichi Horamatsu, explained that, after four years, vocational training certificates for young Mozambicans would be recognised internationally.
The current JICA project focuses on construction, motor mechanics, locksmithy and food processing. The agency is also providing training in sign language as part of the inclusion policy designed to improve care for the disabled.
However, not all institutions seem to be joining the sign language training scheme, according to the representative of the Alberto Cassimo Institute of Vocational Training and Labour Studies, Gloria Banze.Source: Rádio Moçambique