Development cooperation ,23.08.2013

Improving reading and writing skills in primary education in Maputo


In Mozambique the level of writing and reading skills is low. There are many reasons for this: they do not have enough schoolbooks, the infrastructure and teachers’ teaching skills are insufficient and parents do not understand the importance of education. Even though the state of Mozambique has paid effort to develop the educational sector, for example by constructing school buildings and training teachers, the development does not materialize immediately.The direct objective of the project is to improve writing and reading skills of the 1st and 2nd grade pupils in six schools in Maputo area. This will be reached by following activities:1) Procuring schoolbooks and other important materials for teaching 2) Training teachers and thus improving the quality of teaching3) Increasing the attendance of the pupils in the schools by increasing the knowledge of the parents on the importance of education4) Establishing a favorable reading and writing atmosphere in the schools 5) Establishing advocacy work and lobbying to affect the quality of education in Mozambique The direct beneficiaries of the project are 1st and 2nd grade pupils of the project schools, and teachers.During the project, already existing infrastructures will be supported, for example the professional skills and learning materials will be increased. Cross-cutting objectives of the development policy of Finland will be taken into account in project activities in the following:Environmental sustainabilityThe materials needed in project will be bought from Mozambique and books will be protected by plastic covers. In teacher trainings and storytelling groups, themes related to environment will be discussed. Gender equality:The beneficiaries of the project are both female and male. Parents will be informed about the children’s right for education, especially the girls’. Teachers will be trained how to take account both sexes in education.Reduction of inequality:The whole project aims at the reduction of inequality by education.Human rights will also be taken account, especially the right for education. Education will affect the realization of other human rights such as the right to employment and a sufficient level of live. The project has been planned together with the beneficiaries and stakeholders and thus their possibility to tell their opinions has been secured.


  • 2013: 62 527 €
  • 2014: 68 083 €
  • 2015: 65 418 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Teacher training 40%
  • Primary education 40%
  • Education facilities and training 20%

Special target group

  • girls
  • children

Funding channel

  • Suomen ylioppilaskuntien liitto (SYL) ry
  • Afortalecer



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