Lesson 1 – What is school like in Mozambique?

School in Mozambique: creating and establishing links between Mozambique- and London-based students

In this Citizenship-based lesson,  KS3 students  focus on seeking to understand the community of Maciene School in Mozambique. The initial exploration centres on finding out about the context of Mozambique as a country, through evaluating the experiences of English students visiting Maciene School.

Key Questions

What is school like in Mozambique?

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the similarities and differences between different schools
  • To reflect on the importance of education to community


The class is split into two groups. They are each given a question:

  • What are the reasons for going to school?
  • What are the reasons that some people don’t go to school?

Students must then come up with as many reasons as they can in 5 minutes. These are then shared with the class.

Main Activity 1

Students draw up a table in their books, which has ‘similarities’ on one side and ‘differences’ on the other. They then watch videos in the Powerpoint which record impressions of school life in Mozambique  recorded by English students who visited Maciene school ( Unit 1 Lesson 1 - School in Mozambique). They must write down their thoughts in the table as they watch the student video clips in the Powerpoint (slides 6-11) This then leads to a class discussion e.g.

  • Compare the lessons students have
  • Is there a uniform; how strictly is it enforced?
  • What are their/our teachers like?
  • Description of school buildings
  • What are the school rules?

Main Activity 2

Students imagine they work for UNICEF. They consider how would you make it easier for girls to go to school, using one of four scenarios:

  • “I have to stay at home to take care of my younger brothers and sisters”
  • “My family thinks education is a waste of time”
  • “I have to help my father look after the animals”
  • “The teachers don’t give me any attention. They only help the boys”

In pairs, come up with five things you would do and explain why they would help. They then share their suggestions with the class and evaluate each other’s ideas.


Pupils watch a clip of students at a different school in Mozambique. Encourage the students to reflect on the  reactions and attitudes  communicated by the students in the video. They must share their reactions as this video shows a more modern city school. Video: students reflect on their assumptions

Have the students  been guilty of stereotyping?

Learning outcomes

  • All pupils will be able to describe a similarity or difference between school in England and Mozambique
  • Most pupils will be able to explain a problem for children in Mozambique relating to education
  • Some pupils will be able to justify a solution to this problem

Resources and Points to Note

Powerpoint: Unit 1 Lesson 1 - School in Mozambique

Video clips of students (Follow links on the right of the page)


The lesson illustrates the following learning points in RE:

Education realises an individual’s potential (for God’s particular gift to that individual to come to fruition)
Education provides for moral and spiritual development
Education supports provision of individuals’ and society’s practical and material needs
Equality of persons (each of us is made in the images of God) demands equality of access to education
Critically in the lesson: there is an examination of equality of education provision; there is identification of discrimination which works on the basis of stereotyping i.e. failing to ‘love neighbour as self’

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