Inspiring Inclusion in Mozambique: Swisscontact's "The Future is Mine" Project

As we commemorate International Women's Day on March 8th, it is crucial to contemplate the significance of inclusion and equal opportunities for women across all facets of society. In Mozambique, the "The Future is Mine" project, spearheaded by Swisscontact, emerges as a beacon of hope and transformation, dedicating its efforts to fostering inclusive environments within the realm of technical vocational education and training.

Overcoming Challenges and Barriers

Since its inception in August 2023, the project has been committed to providing educational opportunities to young individuals facing substantial social and economic hurdles. Among these challenges, many young people, particularly girls, have found themselves excluded from the educational system due to various reasons such as dropping out of school, lack of access, geographical distance, family issues, and the inability to access professional technical training.

 According to project data, as many as 47 percent of young individuals encounter difficulties like early school dropout rates, limited school access, and geographical constraints. Elita Nhamtubo Banze, the project's coordinator, underscores the significance of girls' inclusion, acknowledging cultural barriers, early marriages, and familial responsibilities that many young women encounter.

Transforming Lives

Since its establishment, the project has served as a source of hope for 47 young individuals, including 32 girls. These young women, who had previously relinquished their educational aspirations due to financial constraints and family instability, find in the project not only an opportunity to pursue their basic education but also technical training courses, offering tangible learning experiences.

 Elita Nhamtubo Banze assumes a nurturing role in guiding the participants, many of whom come from fractured homes or are orphaned. Personalised and consistent support is pivotal in overcoming individual challenges and implementing an effective approach.

Psycho-pedagogical Support for a Comprehensive Approach

Recognising the emotional challenges faced by the girls, the project incorporates psych pedagogical support to ensure a holistic approach to their educational and emotional development. Miguel Rafael, the psych pedagogical specialist involved in the program, underscores the group's diversity and the importance of self-regulation sessions in addressing individual and collective needs.

 The psycho-pedagogical support encompasses crucial topics such as the significance of education for personal growth, sexual and reproductive health, early pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, and early marriages. Various methodologies, including psychodramas, theater, and group dynamics, are employed to foster resilient mental structures, empowering participants to make informed decisions and pursue their aspirations with determination.

Participant Testimonial

Helena Zucule, a participant in the project, expresses her gratitude for the opportunity, deeming it a privilege to continue her studies and fulfill her dream of becoming an obstetrician. For Helena, this journey transcends individual goals; it is a mission to contribute to women's well-being and quality of life by providing essential support in reproductive health.

In essence, "The Future is Mine" transcends mere knowledge transfer; it serves as a catalyst in shaping the identities of its participants, enabling them to seamlessly integrate into society. On this International Women's Day, let us not only celebrate past achievements but also envision a future where inclusion and equal opportunities form the cornerstone of social and economic progress for all.


"This project is financed by the Medicor Foundation, Happel Foundation, and U.W. Linsi-Stiftung, among other donors. It is part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, which is co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)"