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HiOA Hosts First Annual Mozambique-Norway Accessibility Partnership

HiOA recently hosted 20 academics, advocates and students from Europe and Southern Africa for the first annual Mozambique-Norway Accessibility Partnership (MAP).

G. Anthony Giannoumis Published: Updated:
Picture from the Mozambique-Norway Accessibility Partnership

The meeting was integrated with the HiOA’s international summer school, which allowed students from Mozambique and Norway to participate and present their experiences.

MAP project partners also had the opportunity to present their ongoing research, including research by Action Research for Co-Development (ARCO) in Italy, which presented their findings on research conducted in Mozambique regarding

Forúm das Associações Moçambicanas de Deficiêntes (FAMOD) – an umbrella organization of persons with disabilities and key partner in MAP.

The research focused the organizational barriers at FAMOD and provided a useful basis for focusing MAP’s future operations.

Representatives from the University of Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) and Disabled People’s Organizations in Mozambique, including the Mozambican Organization of the Blind (ACAMO), and FAMOD, were introduced, and had the chance to contribute to the proceedings.

The highlight of the meeting included two co-design workshops, which were held to develop new sub-projects within MAP and to create new Masters courses.

The workshops provided the opportunity to establish a framework for integrating masters programs at UEM and HiOA.

Overall, this meeting helped strengthen the network and provide a foundation for 2018 work plans and beyond.

The Mozambique Norway Accessibility Partnership (MAP) project will promote student exchange and ensure academic and professional development of students through internationalization programs.