Maputo — The Mozambican Education Ministry on Monday announced the distribution of 100 Toyota vehicles to strengthen the Ministry’s fleet.
The Ministry has acquired the vehicles as part of its capacity building plans, and most of them will be sent to the country’s districts, regarded by the government as “poles of development”.
Speaking during the ceremony, Education Minister Augusto Jone said the vehicles will contribute towards achieving the goals of the Strategic Education Plan for the period 2012-2016, which seeks to establish a “fair, inclusive and efficient” education system.
“As we all know, education is a fundamental right of every citizen”, said Jone. “It is the instrument for the integration of individuals into social and economic life, and a basic resource for providing the country with the ability to face the challenges of development”.
To guarantee this right, Jone continued, the Ministry had always sought sources of funding which would make it possible to expand access to good quality and relevant education, at all levels of the national education system, to restructure technical and professional education, and to integrate into the education system children and adults with special educational needs.
“With the policy of decentralisation, the Provincial Directorates of Education and Culture and the District Education, Youth and Technology Services should amass the financial, material and human resources that will allow them to provide excellent services and achieve better results”, the Minister urged.
Jone recognised that problems persist that must be solved – such as the late payment of teachers’ overtime, and the shortages of classrooms and school furniture.
“Today we managed to acquire 100 vehicles for the districts”, he said. “Our plans include acquiring more means of transport, more school desks, more equipment, the building of more classrooms, everything to improve working conditions, so that our institutions can operate to the full”.
Of the vehicles delivered on Monday, ten are for the northernmost province of Niassa – nine for Niassa districts, and one for the teacher training college in the province’s largest town, Cuamba. Another ten go to the neighbouring province of Cabo Delgado – nine for districts and one for the teacher training college in Montepuez.
The two most populous provinces, Nampula and Zambezia, receive 12 vehicles each, Tete receives nine, Sofala eight, and Manica five, also divided between the districts and the teacher training institutes. In the south of the country, Inhambane, Gaza and Maputo received five vehicles each.
Maputo City receives two vehicles, while the remaining 17 vehicles go the various national directorates in the Ministry.
Jone urged those receiving the vehicles to respect the maintenance requirements, and not to use them in places other than those determined by the Ministry.