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close this bookThe Reintegration of War-Affected Youth: The Experience of Mozambique (International Labour Organization, 1997, 52 p.)
close this folder4. Incorporating life skills into vocational skills training
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View the document4.1. Literacy and numeracy
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4.3. Civic education

A report by the European Parliamentarians for Southern Africa (AWEPA) claimed that the democratic process introduced into Mozambique was something of an anathema to a culture where respect for elders and leaders was of great importance. It affirmed that there remained a major lack of understanding of the adversarial system of governance. “The limits of political action and the role of the opposition in this new system were not clearly defined or understood as a result of which there remains a need for substantial civic education.”1

1 AWEPA, Mozambique Peace Process Bulletin, Issue 16 (Dec. 1995), Part 1.

Basic information on the democratic system is included in a number of training courses and development projects in Mozambique. In seeking to promote a transition to a “culture of peace” (in the words of UNESCO), a clear understanding is needed of the political process, backed by a conviction that it will be respected. It is, however, important to see democracy through local as well as Western eyes. Democracy and decision by consensus are not mutually incompatible, though they are sometimes difficult to reconcile.