International development, our service learning project, is one that brings students and several NGOs together in Maputo to discuss world problems and propose creative solutions. This experience not only allows students to become more aware of the world around us, but also makes us get a better insight into the Mozambican society we live in. With this project, we get a first-hand experience of the work that our three service learning partners (Asscodecha, N’Weti and Coalizao) do, and become aware and more knowledgeable about the social, economic and environmental problems that our community faces.
Our three partners generally focus on young people in Mozambique, and what better way to eradicate this problem than to get young people’s perspectives on these development issues?
This is one of our objectives. We listen and learn, evaluate and reflect on the work that the organizations do to solve problems and propose educated, realistic solutions to the problems. We are also hoping to raise awareness about these organizations in school sponsored events, and we now know how to doing this after the excellent “social marketing” workshop that our whole group took part in, including our partners. Our project is definitely a “give and take experience”.
To accomplish our objectives and make a change, we are going to visit these organizations during the year. We hope to improve young peoples lives, from access to health, education, skills and any other types of information and experience that we may have. We will interact and discuss these problems with them and learn from each other. We will also report back on our views and ideas to the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and hope to make a difference. We all feel privileged to be part of such a great project, and we feel like with our great interest and dedication, we will be one step closer to a better world.