17 MILLION SCHOOL-
AGED YOUTH IN
MOZAMBIQUE 

1%

94% of girls
enroll in primary
school, only 1%
go on to college

1/2

The average
female literacy
rate is less than
half that of males.

70%

of all the
women in
Mozambique
are illiterate

66%

graduate primary
school w/o proper
reading, writing
& math skills.

Sky-high unemployment rates and deteriorated families set the backdrop for Mozambique’s children…

Economic dependence on South Africa, severe drought, and a prolonged civil war have slowed Mozambique’s development.

With current political stability, economic growth and an abundance of natural resources, many doors are opening for work. Sadly, the lack of education perpetuates a void of educated workers and prevents locals from equitably benefiting from foreign investment.

OUR INITIATIVE

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Transforms the current education system in Mozambique in order to dismantle the chains of extreme poverty.

$3,600 is all it takes to train teachers to identify illiterate students and get them literate in 5 months.

Partnering with the Ministry of Education, we are seeing positive results in the youth literacy rates.

THE OUTCOME

Over the next 10 years, our literacy program could impact 16.7 million school-aged children, as 62% of the population of Mozambique is between the ages of 5 and 25.

98%

Literacy rates are projected
to increase to 98%

85%

of people are projected to
procure higher-paying jobs

100%

An entire generation of youth will
be equipped to lead their country

“an important contribution towards building a world of peace and harmony, founded in a better understanding among different people”.

Former Mozambican President Chissano

MR RABBIT & THE WELL

In partnership with OurStories, CouldYou? created an initiative to produce and distribute series of children’s books native to Mozambique, sharing one story from each province. This will allow the next generation to learn and grow with books that reflect and celebrate their culture.

Mr. Rabbit and the Well (Nwa Mpfundla Ni Shilhowo), was created by literacy specialist April Nickell and designer Eric Emch, and translated by Mozambican educator Manuel Jeque Francisco. This unique book is culturally relevant, mirroring the local values in Mozambique and instilling cultural pride and ownership.

Since its publication, 3,500 books have been distributed to students and parents who have read the book. It’s endorsed by Former Mozambican President Chissano; who called it “an important contribution towards building a world of peace and harmony, founded in a better understanding among different people”.
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