Save the Children Mozambique Basic Education, Early Childhood Care and Development, Common Approaches

We believe that all children have the right to learn in a safe and happy environment. We will work with families and communities to enable children to develop learning skills in the years leading up to school to ensure children learn to read and write within the early years of primary education. We will ensure no child’s learning stops because they are caught up in a crisis situation.

Save the Children was first established in 1919 to help children affected by the First World War. Today, we reach 50 million children in 120 countries around the world—including Mozambique. By 2030, we aim to inspire the following breakthroughs in the way the world treats children:

 Survive: No child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday.

 Learn: All children learn from a quality basic education.

 Be Protected: Violence against children is no longer tolerated. We opened programmes in Mozambique in 1986 at the height of the Mozambican civil war. We started working with children and their families in some of the most marginalized communities affected by the conflict.

Today, Save the Children Mozambique (SCIMOZ) has a mixed development and humanitarian portfolio, and offices in six Provinces: Gaza, Manica, Maputo, Nampula, Tete, and Zambezia. 590 full-time staff work in close partnership with government ministries and civil society organisations at all levels. In 2017, 1.6 million children (1,021,373 girls and 589,864 boys) and 2.9 million adults directly benefited from our activities. Indirectly, our activities reached more than seven million people

 Education is a core thematic priority of the current strategy of SCIMOZ—alongside health and nutrition, child protection, child poverty, child rights governance, and emergency response.

Our education goals in Mozambique

Education is at the heart of our mission. Every child has a right to education as enshrined in international and national law, and SCIMOZ will not rest until all children enjoy that right. Good quality education is the means by which we equip our children with the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to thrive in the world. Education saves lives, protects, and builds peace and stability.

Our 2016-2018 education strategy focuses on two goals, which align with the government’s education priorities: Early Childhood Education and Development (ECCD): we help children to develop foundational learning skills in the years leading up to school. Our goal is that by 2030, all children aged 0-8 have access to quality ECCD in Mozambique. Currently, only 3% of children aged 3-5 years benefit from pre-school education. Only 50,000 children are enrolled in community-based pre-schools, called ‘escolinhas’. Basic Education: our goal is that by 2030, primary school completion rates and transition to secondary school have increased and learning outcomes improved by 50%.

SCIMOZ is committed to ensure that all school-age children complete each grade with the competencies foreseen in the curriculum. Our needs assessments show that currently, only 89% of children are enrolled in and less than 50% of children complete primary school. The number is significantly lower for girls. Frequent teacher absenteeism is another obstacle for quality education. To achieve our Basic Education goals, we support official teacher trainings, and provide in-service training where appropriate. To tackle common access and retention barriers, we prioritize inclusive education, and girls’ education in line with the change envisaged by the Girls Education Challenge (GEC).

All of our education activities build on a Quality Learning Framework and make ample use of Save the Children’s best practises called Common Approaches (see below). We design our education projects around a Child Rights Programming Framework, and link closely with Child Rights Governance, Child Protection, and Disaster Risk Reduction to make sure that (pre-)schools are a safe place for all children. We also frequently combine education activities with nutrition, resulting in School Health and Nutrition interventions (SHN). Finally, all programs promote Child Centred Accountability through the effective engagement of children and other community members in school governance.