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September 7, 2021

In rural Mozambique, children often have little to no exposure to books prior to entering school.  If they have books, they are rarely in their mother tongue. For these children, learning to read is often an enormous challenge.

However, unlike most rural Mozambican children who are only exposed to books in Portuguese — a language fewer than 10% of children speak when they start school  — João Manuel, age 6, had access to supplementary reading materials which included story books in his mother tongue, Emakhua. He is now learning to read in a language he can speak and understand.

September 7, 2021

In Mozambique, as in most parts of the world, the COVID-19 pandemic upended the education system. Schools were shuttered for over a year and access to quality remote learning opportunities was extremely limited for most Mozambican children. Teachers also faced challenges in maintaining their skills, as they were restricted from gathering for professional development activities such as trainings, joint planning sessions, practice lessons, or peer coaching on classroom strategies for familiar or COVID-related challenges in the classroom.

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Last updated: December 01, 2021

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