A delegation of officials from Mozambique visited a government primary school and interacted with staff of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) near Tambaram recently. The group is visiting India in an attempt to increase the number of teachers engaged in primary school education there and devise means to improve the quality of education. 

A 10-member team visited the St. Thomas Mount Panchayat Union Primary School in Moongil Eri, Pammal, before visiting the Block Resource Centre in Chitlapakkam. R. Malathi, Senior Consultant, SSA and a team of Block Resource Teacher Educators (BRTE) made a presentation to the delegation about the history of SSA and how its two important components – Activity Based Learning and Advanced Learning Methodology had transformed primary and upper primary education in Tamil Nadu. 

Raquel Raimundo, Head, Department of Teacher Training, Mozambique, said her country too faced many challenges in the area of primary education; only that there were far too many problems in the area of skilled teachers. The primary objective behind their visit to India was to find out means to improve the quality of teachers. 

She said that the delegation mostly comprised officials involved in moulding or improving the quality of teaching in the primary education sector. Once they were able to find a solution to this problem, there would be an overall improvement in the whole of primary education. 

The delegation was impressed with the rapport students and teachers enjoyed, thanks to concepts like playful learning and use of educational kits, she added.  

The delegation has already visited Rishi Valley School, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh. They would also be visiting Rajasthan before returning home.

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