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24.05.2017 - Education Sector

Family learning approach boosts literacy, numeracy and language skills in Mozambique

©UNESCO Maputo/Marta Villa

Children, youth and adults from the Boane district in Mozambique are improving their literacy, numeracy and language skills thanks to a family learning approach developed by UNESCO.

In Boane district, 37.1% of women and 15.1% of men are illiterate, according to the last district census (2007, rendering them unable to fully participate in their communities or expand their life opportunities.

To address this, since 2015, the UNESCO Maputo office has implemented a project called “Integrated approach to literacy and adult education to empower young women and their families through learning in rural and peri-urban communities in Mozambique”, with support from the UNESCO Malala Fund for Girls’ Right to Education.

The project targets 13 communities from the Boane, Eráti and Memba districts using an innovative  approach that focuses on intergenerational interactions within families and communities and recognizes the important role that parents, grandparents and other caregivers play in their children’s education. 

Family Learning Manual

As part of the project, a Family Learning Manual has been produced. From 3-5 April 2017, the UNESCO Maputo Office, in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Human Development, tested the first module of the manual which focuses on health and nutrition. The testing aimed to evaluate the applicability of the manual (contents, activities, pedagogical material and approach) and to develop the knowledge and skills of facilitators and literacy teachers through the manual.

About 38 children enrolled in the Early Childhood Programme and their parents (11 women and 1 man) from the Mavoco Community, a peri-urban area of Boane District, benefited from the testing. Fernanda Isac, a learner, said: “My son enjoyed attending class with me and learning about the structure of our family. After the lessons, he asked me for a pen so we could do the homework together”. 

The testing underlined the key role that facilitators and literacy educators play in sensitizing and mobilizing the community. Noé André Simbine, a learning facilitator, said: “Through this manual, parents are learning about the importance of accompanying their children throughout the learning process”.

The results from the testing will be used for the final version of the Family Learning Manual, which will be used to train facilitators in July 2017 in the three pilot districts of Eráti, Boane and Memba. 




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