The major challenge in achieving good results in primary education is that children enter the first class without pre-school education and often without speaking Portuguese, the official language of the country and, consequently, of teaching.

As a result, children spend their first years at school learning Portuguese, which delays the acquisition of reading and writing skills. To address this issue, ADPP is implementing a pilot program (“70 Pre-Schools”) for pre-school education in 70 communities in the Boane and Manhiça districts of Maputo province.

The project is part of a pilot initiative based on the government’s strategy for the integrated development of pre-school education, which aims to promote early childhood development among children under 6 and to prepare them for enrolment in primary schools, thereby contributing to the improvement of academic performance and the overall quality of their lives in the long term.