During the early years of life, children need a supportive learning environment. This includes access to adequate healthcare, nutritious food, and a stimulating environment to support cognitive development. One of the major challenge in achieving good results in primary education in Mozambique is due to the widespread absence of pre-school education and inability to speak Portuguese.
As a result, children spend their first years in school learning Portuguese, which delays developing their reading and writing skills.
To address this issue, ADPP has implemented a pilot programme called “70 Pre-Schools” with the aim to promote pre-primary education in 70 communities in Boane and Manhiça districts of Maputo province.
Key Results 2019: The project began in 2014 and ended in October 2019 and has benefitted 4,665 children, 980 parents and 770 members of Community Coordination Committees (CCCs)*. 70 pre-schools have been constructed and 280 facilitators have been trained. It has been shown that children who attend the 70 pre-schools learn faster than those who did not attend.
*The CCCs were established around each pre-school in collaboration with local government authorities and parents, to secure the future running of the pre-schools.
In 2019 the focus was on training the CCCs and government officials to take over the responsibilities for the 70 pre-schools. The project has received widespread positive feedback from parents, community members and the district and provincial government representatives. They unanimously agreed that it has adequately prepared children for the transition to primary school.
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