Greetings and welcome to the new website of One World Academy. We are currently at the midway point of our inaugural school year and we couldn't be happier with how things have gone so far. The kids absolutely love their new school, the parents are delighted to see their kids learning and growing, and the community is excited to finally have an alternative and improved education option.
When we started this project our goal was to create a learning environment that offered a top notch education at a price that was affordable for the emerging Mozambican middle class. Here at One World Academy we see education as the ultimate game changer in regards to bringing Africa forward into the global context of the 21st century. We are committed to shaping our students into the next generation of Mozambican engineers, lawyers, doctors and business leaders as they are the ones who will define their country’s future. This is why our project is so exciting.
One of the objectives of our website is to serve as a platform to share the work we do to both a national and international audience. We are actively looking for individuals and groups who are interested in joining the One World Academy family and help us grow. If you are at all interested in supporting us or in any way become involved in this exciting and innovative African educational start up please reach out to us. We can’t wait to hear from you.
Shaun Bissett, Founder
As one of the fastest growing economies in the world, Mozambican society currently finds itself exposed to a modern world in which the realities and demands require new ways of thinking, working and living. As technology, industry and business opportunities gain a foothold in Mozambique, the previously accepted quality of basic services (i.e. media, transportation, consumerism, education) has become obsolete. Perhaps no sector has struggled more with the arrival of modern life than the education sector. With a population of 22 million (46% under the age of 14), providing access to quality education has proved to be an impossible task for the government. The result of this is apparent by the poor conditions, untrained teachers, and uninspired learning that is combined with antiquated methodologies. The question that Mozambique should be asking itself is how will its rapidly developing economy remain sustainable if its youth are being educated in such a deplorable manner?
Significant changes to the Mozambican public school system are still decades away while private schools offer the only viable option for parents who desire something better for their children. Only a small minority previously had the means to afford private schools, but a fast-growing economy has created an expanding middle class who recognize the importance of a quality education. Consequently, the need for private schooling is greater and more urgent than ever.
Recognizing this gap in Maxixe, Shaun Bissett an English Professor at the Pedagogical University in Maxixe, Director of a Pre-University secondary school, owner of a bilingual day care center, local entrepreneur and former Peace Corps Volunteer is creating an international school based on the dual language immersion model in his adopted home city. Shaun was inspired by his 3 year old daughter, Solange, to create a low cost, high quality private school where children would learn in both English and Portuguese to develop their creative, intellectual and analytical skills at the earliest stages of their education; instructed by dynamic, outgoing, well trained teachers. The concept for One World Academy was born to address the needs and aspirations of families in the growing city of Maxixe, within the booming economy of Inhambane province in Mozambique.
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