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Building And Equipping English Teaching Classroom

In Pemba, Mozambique the Iris English School needs to build and equip one or more classrooms for teaching English. Courses are free, and open to secondary school students and above. Currently without classrooms for the 100 registered students, teaching takes place outside under trees.

2 months

Charity information: Iris UK (Iris Ministries Ltd)

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  • Need


    The project aims to educate anyone in Pemba wishing to improve their prospects of securing a job, or of getting a better job by learning English. Mozambique is one of the world's poorest countries. Unemployment & underemployment of those with work is a significant problem, so the opportunity of improving employment chances is vital & with the continuing growth of tourism & international trade in the Indian Ocean port & beach resort of Pemba, learning English is a great advantage to students.


    By building new classrooms equipped with desks, chairs, cabinets, projectors, and small offices, the Academy will be able to teach students far more effectively than at present under the trees. It is hoped that the Academy will expand to offer free or very low cost courses to local businesses and government officials. The Academy aims to work with Iris Global primary schools to develop English teaching. The curriculum used for teaching English is 'Headway' produced by Oxford University Press.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Build and equip one or more classrooms, together with small offices for meetings and training.


    » The Academy already teaches English to students in makeshift classrooms, & under trees. New buildings will enhance the teaching & learning experience.
    » Seven specialised volunteers in English language teaching (CELTA trained) with six Mozambican staff have developed, run and teach in the project.

    What success will look like

    Building on land at the established Iris Pemba centre will commence as soon as funds have been received. The infrastructure of electricity and water supply already exists here.

  • Impact


    The project aims to raise people out of poverty and to raise their standard of living, by enabling them to get a job or a better job. The project sees that students attending the courses improve life skills as well as English, by learning to be accountable, respectful, and punctual. Students completing their course receive Certicates. Formal accreditation by the Mozambique Department of Education is in process and is expected in January 2015.


    Iris Global have been piloting English teaching for two years in Pemba, & have developed the teaching structure & curriculum that is tailored to student needs by using questionnaires to develop the students involvement & to give them a voice. This has encouraged good attendance to classes with the majority of students completing their course. Good attendance is rewarded in special Celebrations every six weeks. Risks include not reaching the target that is needed to build at least one classroom.


    Donors will initially be thanked by Iris UK for their kind donations with a report as to whether the target has been achieved. Iris UK will liaise with the Academy Director in Pemba, who will forward reports on the project. Reports including photos will be sent out to donors in the summer of 2015.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 Building costs Construction of two classrooms, small offices and meeting room.
      £1,500 Building costs Construction of toilet block
      £6,500 Equipment Desks, chairs, whiteboards and stationery consummables
  • Background


    The English School forms part of the Iris International Language Academy, based at the Iris Global Centre. It is 2km from the city centre coastal port of Pemba in northern Mozambique. The Iris base, established 10 years ago, currently runs primary and secondary school teaching for 3,500 children daily, a medical clinic, a large church, feeding programmes, Bible school training for pastors, vocational training for adults, and over 100 children have been adopted into the Children's Centre.


    Students who have completed the English course, and another Iris run Foundations for Work course, and received their Certificates are actively sought out, and are currently employed, by local companies in the growing local Pemba economy. The recent discovery of oil offshore to Pemba has created a demand for competent English speakers. In addition due to its well known water sports and diving opportunities on the local reef, Pemba has a growing tourist economy, for which English is essential.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Iris Global, of which Iris UK is a part, is a Christian organisation committed to expressing a living and tangible response to those commandments that Jesus called greatest: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength,” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” We believe that love looks like something, with education being at the forefront. Building classrooms for teaching English at Iris Pemba will benefit many people locally

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Trina Winfield

    As Administrator for Iris UK, Trina will communicate with donors who have given to the project, and will send reports to donors in the summer of 2015.

    Cathie Jones

    As Director of the English School, based at the Iris Global centre in Pemba, Mozambique, Cathie will update Trina on the project progress.