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Simon and Katie
Here is some info about the project:
The Educational Campus will have a Schools Precinct, a University Precinct, Sports Facilities and a Housing Precinct for students. Prior to the commencement of development, we have a challenge.
- The undeveloped land is currently under vegetable cultivation by people in our community who have no other options to provide food for their families. There are currently 3,300 vegetable plots on the land where families are growing rice and vegetables.
- It is our legal obligation to help these families relocate by paying them compensation before we can start any further development.
- Our challenge is to obtain the funds needed to compensate those who grow food on our land. Each plot holder is to be compensated the equivalent of $62 AUD as determined by the Beira City Council.
- This compensation will allow them to lease other available land to grow food.
The Plots Project is about converting undeveloped land that we have been allocated into an educational campus, ultimately providing educational opportunities for 10,000 people in the surrounding community and beyond.
In total, 120 acres of land in Mungassa was allocated to Mission Educate by the Beira City Council to provide facilities for primary, secondary and tertiary education and the development of vocational education.
We are now able to commence the development of the Vocational Training College because of a significant funding opportunity.
Because the land is undeveloped it currently has 3,300 plots where local people are legally able to grow food for their families. This is the Mozambican way! It is our legal obligation to compensate them for their vegetable plot and help them relocate so they can continue to feed their families.
Our vision is to see our region and the nation impacted with quality educational programs. These programs will provide a catalyst for releasing people from the poverty cycle.
We must raise $204,600 AUD by May 26th in order to compensate all 3,300 plot holders once they have harvested the current rice crop. This will enable them to relocate and plant their next crop. The time constraint has been set by the Beira City Council.
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- Other courses such as Hospitality, Child Care, Health Care and Textiles will be gradually introduced.
To assist in food production, government regulations give Mozambicans the right to plant crops on undeveloped land. The majority (approximately 80%) of Mozambicans are desperately poor and landless. For most, this is their only source of food.
When that property is about to be developed, the land developer must pay a compensation payment to each person who has planted crops on the land.The compensation amount is set by the government and is currently $62AUD per plot.
- Our goal is to provide vocational training for around 500 young people, 50% of whom will be female, in the first 3 years.
- We will also be targeting marginalised youth, girls and women of all ages to provide vocational skills enabling them to earn a living.
The Vocational Training College will have a specific focus on providing educational opportunities for females and we will be developing support programs for women, such as transport, child care, health & hygiene to maximise participation by women.
Government support has been demonstrated with:
The allocation of 120 acres from the Beira City Council.
The provisional registration for the Vocation Training College by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Superior and Technical Professional Education.
- An invitation to become a foundation member of the Association of TVET Providers in Mozambique.
The results of our students to national exams are significantly higher than the national average.
Our retention rate for students from primary education to secondary education and the completion of secondary education are amongst the highest in the nation.
Of the Year 12 graduates from 2015, 25% have entered higher education, 40% have gained employment and others are self-employed or pursuing other short courses.
We also provide short courses in IT and English at a low cost to the community to help them gain skills for employment.
We are now employing graduates from our Secondary School who have completed their teacher training qualification, as teachers in the school.
The short answer to this question is that there is no land for sale.
Because land in Mozambique is owned by the government, it is very difficult to find large tracts of land for sale. The government allocates land to businesses and organisations for development. Until that development occurs, the land is considered to be undeveloped and is available for cultivation to poor Mozambicans to grow food.
When the government grants access to a parcel of land for development, the business or organisation must then make the compensation payment to commence development and construction.
Compensation would have to be paid on any parcel of land that was allocated to us. The property we are hoping to develop is strategically situated and will be a great educational benefit to the community. There could be land available further from the city, if the government approved the allocation. However, because of the distance from the city, there are many more people growing food and we would still be faced with the same, or greater financial challenge.
Any land that has not been allocated to a business or organisation is considered to be undeveloped, until a development application is received by the government. Until that time it is available for cultivation.