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Above: Children participating in Football for Water Mozambique. Below: Andrew looks on as participants practice filling in surveys. Photo credit: Phylis Gichuru-Webi

During the last week of May, I finally had the chance to attend and support an Akvo FLOW training in Mozambique for Football for Water. The programme aims to use sport to improve hygiene and sanitation and drinking water in schools. 

On Monday 25th May, we started out with a one day FLOW dashboard training at the local Football for Water office in Maputo for two ProSport staff members: Manuel Monteiro, the programme coordinator for Football for Water in Mozambique, and Stenor Lucas Tomo. ProSport Mozambique works in cooperation with schools and international organisations to implement development projects, such as youth social and sport programmes. They also implement sports on behalf of the government. They have one representative in each of the 11 provinces in the country and are currently operating water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects in five provinces – Manica, Nampula, Tete, Sofala, and Niassa, with a target of 400 schools.

In the afternoon, we flew to Chimoio, the capital of the Manica province, where the FLOW training was scheduled to take place on 26th-27th May.

Joining the training was a total of 11 staff from FUSP (Frisian Urban Sanitation Programme), UNICEF Mozambique, ProSport and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation. As Mozambique is a Portuguese-speaking country, my colleague Andrew had to slow down the presentation in order to accommodate an interpreter for the few who weren’t fully conversant with English.

It is always refreshing to train enumerators (the people who conduct field surveys) who have vast knowledge and experience in the monitoring and evaluation field, as was the case during this training. This is because the enumerators learn with the approach of “how is this tool an improvement to what we have been using?” and “how can you customise it further to fit our current need?”

By the time the afternoon session began, the Portuguese survey translations were already up, and the participants took time to practice filling in the questionnaire. 

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On the second day of training, we visited 7 De Abril School where the enumerators had the opportunity to conduct the survey as they interacted with the school’s administration. The 7 De Abril School is a rural school with a population of 5,000 students. Due to the number of students, the studies are divided into morning classes for the lower primary children, afternoon classes for primary school children and evening classes for the secondary school students. The training participants had a chance to conduct the survey with the school teachers, which was insightful as it provided the enumerators a chance to interact and revisit the Portuguese translations. 

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Above: Children practicing their football skills. Below: The FLOW training in action. Photo credit: Phylis Gichuru-Webi

The enumerators made a number of adjustments and recommendations, such as “The application must include in it a general panel question requesting the school’s code, which gives unique referencing to the school and will avoid duplication and updates to existing data.” Most of the recommendations were related to the layout of the questions, the skip logic and the differentiation between the rural and the urban schools.

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I am looking forward to see the data collected by the partners. In the meantime, you can find more photos of the training session on Flickr.

Phylis Gichuru-Webi is responsible for assisting with project activities for our partners in East Africa. She is based in Nairobi.