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“Friendship is the key to understanding”

Mngani is a Development Education (DE) initiative. We are therefore interested in ensuring that it follows the quality standards governing Development aid at the international level. In this sense, the evaluation criteria by the Development Assistance Committee become especially useful: we want Mngani to be relevant, effective, efficient, sustainable and long-term oriented.  

Mngani is a relevant initiative

Mngani is aligned with Development Education current trends. It is an initiative that connects teachers and children worldwide so that they build bidirectional relationships that contribute to quality education and lead to global understanding. Framed under the sixth generation of Development Education, Mngani dissociates from the mainstream economic paradigm to focus on a more human one which places emphasis on building relationships and new social structures leading to a global, inclusive, critical and committed citizenship.

Mngani wants to be effective in the consecution of its objetives

Our objectives are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based) and depend on the activities developed. Our teachers count on a flexible schedule and specific annual programming. We want our aims to be attained, so we set indicators and monitor them.

Mngani worries about efficiency

Efficiency measures the outputs (qualitative and quantitative) in relation to the inputs. To ensure efficiency, we need good management, strong coordinating bodies, monitoring and cost-optimization.

A processual and continuous evaluation is set up: from field diaries carried out by teachers, phone calls with teachers, principals, parents, to field visits, the monitoring is aimed at allowing us to adapt and enrich the project while it is happening.

From a material viewpoint, we are using free and accessible platforms such as Google Drive and WhatsApp to bring teachers and pupils together and to enable them to share materials and impressions.

Mngani wants to be sustainable

Sustainability is concerned with measuring whether the benefits of an activity are likely to continue after helper’s action has been withdrawn. Indeed, our goal is to make Mngani unnecessary in the long term: we want to create trends and networks, boosted and sustained by schools, teachers and pupils themselves.

To do so, we look for empowering teachers to be agents of transformation and Development in their own schools and communities. Through the establishment of bidirectional relationships among teachers worldwide, we seek a Development Cooperation that applies to every teacher and student, regardless the economic conditions of their country or community, inclusively contributing to a global, tolerant, critical and committed quality education.

Mngani is looking for a long-run impact

For Mngani, continuity is fundamental: the pedagogic proposal is made as a four-year project that grows with the children and introduces new challenges every year, so that they leave school understanding the importance of Sustainable Development in different fields (those corresponding to the Sustainable Development Goals), having acquired a more globalized vision through their experience of friendship with a child from another country and being more committed to change. A whole process of transformation that takes time, planning and coordination among teachers.

Our examination of impacts is concerned with both intended and unintended results. When thinking about the impact of Mngani, we consider the following questions: What has happened as a result of the programme or project? What real difference has the activity made to the beneficiaries? How many people have been affected?