Educating girls: the ripple effect for change

Ana Avillez is the Director of the Mwarusi Program implemented in Mozambique by Girl MOVE Academy, since 2013. She is a project management specialist with over 10 years of experience in the design, management, monitoring and evaluation of programmes for disadvantaged young people particularly in the areas of formal and informal education. She has been managing programs in lusophone developing countries, such as Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique working with a range of government and nongovernment stakeholders.

Ana was Girl MOVE’s Mozambique Country Director since 2014 and is back in Portugal since July 2016 as BELIEVE, Mwarusi Director.  In Mozambique, she was part of the team that led the implementation of a Pilot Innovative Program aiming to build the skills of future Mozambican Women leaders, through a Service Learning Programme for University Graduates: 3000 hours; 1000 Community Service hours in the BELIEVE, Mwarusi Safe Spaces Programme for 1000 girls ages, 12-15, piloted for the 1st time in Mozambique.

Ana has 10 years’ experience in the management of multicultural teams in remote locations. She is a strong content developer and works effectively in developing capacity of teams and local practitioners, in the areas of formal education and education to promote applied life skills with adolescent girls.  She has worked across for such donors as the EU, DfID, PEPFAR, Portuguese Development Agency, Plan International. She holds a degree in German and English a post-grads in Cooperation and Develoment Studies and Special Needs Education.