By TPC Mozambique

On the morning of Wednesday, 1st November, in the district of Rapale, Nampula Province, the results of the pilot study on children’s learning in Mozambique was launched.

According to the data report by TPC Mozambique, a program of Facilidade and member of the PAL Network, the basic skills for reading and arithmetic for children are extremely low. For example, in the district of Mogovolas, 8 in 10 children cannot read letters of the alphabet; in Nampula City, 5 in 10 children cannot read letters of the alphabet; in Rapale, 7 in 10 children cannot read letters of the alphabet and in Murrupula, 6 out of 10 cannot read letters of the alphabet.

As far as arithmetic is concerned, the dire situation of low levels prevails. in the Mogovolas district, 9 in 10 children cannot complete a simple grade 2 level addition sum. In Nampula City and Rapale, the results are even lower where 6 in 10 children, and 8 in 10 children cannot complete a simple grade 1 level addition sum. In Murrupula, 6 in every 10 children, are also unable to complete a simple grade 2 level addition sum.

The District Education Directors of Mogovolas and Murrupula, Presidents of the school councils of the districts of Mogovolas, Murrupula, Rapele and Nampula city attended the launch event.

The report results launched were from a pilot study carried out in 2016 by the TPC Mozambique project. This project assesses the basic skills of reading, counting and calculation defined for children in Mozambique at the grade 1 level. The citizen-led assessment covers children aged between 7 and 16 years who attend school, regardless of the class or school they attend.