Project profile — Better Education through Teacher Training and Empowerment for Results (BETTER)


CODE - Canadian Organization for Development Through Education (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011140)
2021-02-15 - 2023-09-30
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Mozambique (100.00%)


• Education policy and administrative management:
Education policy and administrative management (11110) (20.00%)
Education facilities and training (11120) (5.00%)
Teacher training (11130) (40.00%)
• Primary education:
Primary education (11220) (25.00%)
Basic life skills for youth and adults (11230) (10.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project supports learning in Mozambique during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by strengthening the Ministry of Education’s electronic platform to facilitate distance learning for student teachers and distance teaching. This project also supports students’ return to school upon re opening and provides materials to assist primary students and their families with learning activities. The project will also support the Ministry to disseminate information on the prevention of COVID-19 using media such as radio, social media, posters, and sound trucks. These activities facilitate the continuity of education with online and offline options in districts already funded under the Better Education through Teacher Training and Empowerment (BETTER) project. Projects activities include: (1) providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Education and Human Development’s Institute for Open and Distance Education platform to make learning materials available nationally to primary and secondary students and student-teachers; (2) creating manuals that can be shared using widely available software for use nationally by student-teachers; (3) distributing hygiene products to four targeted teacher training institutes and 61 primary schools; (4) disseminating high-quality gender-sensitive learning and reading materials to support primary students' literacy, supported by teachers’ guidance through radio programs; (5) disseminating essential educational materials and pedagogical support to primary students, especially the most vulnerable in Mozambique’s Pemba and Cuamba districts; and (6) providing essential messages to support students’ to return to schools through a three episode radio soap opera.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved quality of teacher training program at four partner teacher training colleges in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado, Tete, Maputo and Niassa provinces; (2) improved student-centred, and gender-sensitive teaching pedagogy and methodologies used by student-teachers and graduates from the four teacher training colleges in Cabo Delgado, Tete, Maputo and Niassa provinces; and (3) improved student-centred and gender-sensitive management and supervision at partner primary schools in Cabo Delgado, Tete, Maputo and Niassa provinces.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2021 include: (1) supported distance learning education through BETTER, an online platform created by the project to enable teaching during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at teacher colleges nationwide, and primary and secondary schools; (2) created and broadcast educational radio programs for children six to eight years old to support their literacy and speaking skills in Portuguese; and (3) developed and disseminated radio programs in Cabo Delgado and Niassa provinces, promoting COVID-19 prevention, educational activities for children at home, mental health and support, and domestic violence helplines.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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