Photography by Chris Steele-Perkins
"Before, pupils in the classroom were mere objects. Pupils now get involved and participate actively."
- Angelina Avelino, school director
While 9 out of 10 children in Mozambique today are enrolled in primary school, only 6 of them complete their education. More schools are needed, but it’s the quality of education that requires the most urgent attention.
Quality education in a child-friendly school begins with a well-trained teacher, who can create an effective and inclusive classroom, introduce the latest teaching methods, and make sure children don’t drop out. The physical environment, from the design of the classroom to the materials used to build it, is also central to improving the learning experience, as is promoting the physical and emotional well-being of children.
The Child-Friendly Schools initiative in Mozambique models an integrated approach to education that includes water and hygiene, health, social protection, and participation, and urgently needs scaling up. The principal goal is to ensure that all schools in Mozambique become child-friendly learning environments with minimum quality standards that promote and protect the human rights of the country’s children.