Mingas Eduardo Kok

Biographical note

I am graduated in Education Sciences. Currently doing my PhD in Sociomuseology at the Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologia de Lisboa. I finished my Master’s Degree in Educational Sciences, Specialization Area of Pedagogical Supervision in History and Social Sciences Education, at the University of Minho, Portugal. I have a Bachelor’s Degree and a Licentiate Degree in History Teaching from the Pedagogical University – Nampula Delegation, Mozambique. I have a solid experience in the education area working in primary, secondary, middle and higher education institutions in Nampula for over 20 years. I worked for the Ministry of Education as a teacher for 10 years (2000-2010). I have been a teacher in higher education for 14 years (2008-2022), at the University Rovuma where I teach the subjects of History Didactics, Cultural Anthropology of Mozambique, Pedagogical Practice and Internship. I have experience in the development of researches, through the realization of master thesis, as well as through the orientation and arguing of scientific monographs in the graduation courses at the Pedagogical University/ Rovuma University. I have participated in national and international scientific events (Conferences, Seminars, Colloquiums and Round Tables). I am part of internal research nuclei at Rovuma University where, currently, research of socio-anthropological character is being carried out, namely: “Cemetery Studies in Times of Pandemic” and “Perceptions about COVID-19 in Mozambique”. I possess leadership skills (head of the History course at the above mentioned institution for 3 years). I possess skills in the organization of the process of elaboration of curricular plans (member of the general organization and coordinator of the commission of self-evaluation for accreditation of the degree course in History approved by the National Commission of Evaluation of Quality-CNAQ- in 2021). As for language skills, I am fluent in Portuguese and have reasonable aptitudes in English (3rd level of English, by the Language Institute of Mozambique- Nampula Delegation).

Areas of academic and scientific interest

  • Education and museums

PhD project

Museums as spaces of education in Mozambique: an approach in the context of New Museology
Doctorate Professor Maristela Simão

This research project aims to understand how Mozambican communities appropriate their musealized heritage. Specifically, it will seek to analyse the strategies for including communities in the process of heritage preservation. Drawing on case studies of the National Museum of Ethnology in Nampula and the Mozambique Island Museum, the thesis will examine how museums in Mozambique play their roles as information archives and educators to empower or ignore communities. The study will fall within a critical museology approach by taking on the social mission of the museum as a vector for community development. The research will be of mixed approach (qualitative/quantitative). The study expects as results: to bring the historical framework of museums in Mozambique; to contribute to the national and international discussion on museology and heritage education; to propose a network of educational action in Mozambican museums; to suggest strategies for the inclusion of local communities in the process of heritage preservation; to contribute to the valorisation and preservation of historical and cultural heritage in Mozambique.

Keywords: Museum, heritage, education, community, culture, local development