The US government is to provide US$5.8 million (€4.7 million) to improve the quality of primary education in the Mozambican provinces of Zambezia and Nampula, according to the US embassy in Maputo.
In a statement, the US embassy said that the money will fund the implementation of two projects to improve the quality of education in primary schools in 1,500 primary schools in the two provinces in central and northern Mozambique.
“Activities include providing parents and guardians with practical tools and techniques to help their children at home in reading and mathematics and the establishment of community reading centres led by community volunteers,” the statement said.
The two projects also include the creation of community debates on gender and girls’ rights to education.
It is estimated that 450,000 pupils will benefit from these initiatives, the statement added.
The US government said that Mozambique has made progress in increasing the access of children to primary education, but the supply of quality education remains a challenge in the long term.
A 2016 assessment by the Ministry of Education revealed that only 5% of children in Mozambique achieved the necessary skills in reading and writing.
Teacher absenteeism, poor supervision by school administrators, and lack of educational materials are additional challenges to improving educational outcomes in Mozambique, according to the press release.