The President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, has launched an initiative that sees different centres arise in response to a new approach towards technical and professional education in the country.

Launched in Nampula, the initiative will cover six out of 24 professional training institutes which applied. Through this, the government, with the support of the World Bank, will make 25 million US dollars available to finance the transformation of these institutes to be supervised under the title ‘Reference Centres for Technical and Professional Education. President Nyusi noted that the centres are not only concentrated on knowledge, but also the application of such knowledge.

“The Reference Centres will be places where we will be able to look for quality. In the new approach, it is not enough just to know, because know-how will also be demanded from the graduates. Society needs labour that is not only theoretically and scientifically qualified” he said.

The institutes the initiative covers are: The Nampula Industrial and Commercial Institute; The Nacuxa Polytechnic Institute in Mossuruil district, Nampula province; The Moatize Institute of Geology and Mines, in Tete province; The Chimoio Agricultural Institute, in Manica; The Armando Emílio Guebuza Computing Institute, in Maputo Province; and The Boane Agricultural Institute, also in Maputo province

The President believes that trainees should possess the capacity to act, apply their knowledge, and make things happen technically. He explained that they should be endowed with the skills and behaviour required at work, which include the spirit of innovation, the ability to update oneself and to overcome challenges, and responsibility. The objective for the centres is to train responsible and serious Mozambican patriots.