Mozambican students who had been camped at the Instituto de Bolsas de Estudos (IBE) for almost a week, demanding compliance with a scholarship financing agreement abroad, left today to Brazil, Lusa found. “We’ve already boarded,” Castigo Dias, one of the scholarship students, told Lusa, minutes before the flight left Maputo International Airport bound for Brazil. The trip was financed by Emose – Empresa Moçambicana de Seguros. The group of almost 40 Mozambican students has been camped, since Monday, outside the IBE, in Maputo, protesting against the violation of a technical cooperation agreement between that institution and the University of International Integration of Afro-Brazilian Lusofonia (Unilab) , a document that provided for the Mozambican Government to finance its scholarships in Brazil. According to the student, the group received their tickets on Friday, after signing some commitment documents and grant declarations at the IBE, and finally went home to prepare for the trip. “For me it’s a dream come true, it was worth staying there (at the IBE camp)”, said Castigo Dias. On Friday, the general director of IBE, who declined to answer journalists’ questions, reiterated that she never promised to finance students’ expenses, although an agreement, signed by the person responsible in June 2021, had this clause. “We reiterate what we initially said about our responsibility in this process in relation to scholarships, which was nothing more than a misunderstanding on the part of students given this whole scenario”, declared Carla Caomba. In the agreement, to which Lusa had access, IBE assumes responsibility for providing air tickets for Mozambican students, as well as monthly financial aid for each one, which varies between 175 and 200 dollars (between 163 and 186 euros). The National Union of Mozambican Students submitted a complaint to the Ombudsman against the scholarship institute, considering that the lack of assistance to students, especially those from other provinces of the country (a total of 17), is “serious negligence” .(Lusa) Source: Carta de Moçambique

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