Planet Aid supports development projects in Mozambique working in partnership with Ajuda de Desenvolvimento de Povo para Povo (ADPP Mozambique). ADPP Mozambique’s education and nutrition projects further Planet Aid’s mission, which is to improve access to training and quality education, and to increase health awareness and encourage healthy lifestyles.
Nikhalamo Girls Stay in School Project
Forced marriage, teen pregnancy, and socio-cultural norms that frown on female education are among the main factors that put pressure on young girls in Mozambique to drop out of school. In rural areas, 44 percent of girls are pregnant before age 181.
The Nikhalamo Girls Stay in School project is implemented by ADPP Mozambique in partnership with Girl Child Rights and funded by USAID, with supplementary support from Planet Aid. "Nikhalamo" in the local Chuabo language means, “I am here to stay.” This name affirms the project’s central aim, which is to reduce obstacles for girls transitioning from primary school to secondary school and ensure that they stay in school.
In 2019, the project supported over 5,000 vulnerable girls by providing them access to girl education promoters and mentors as well as training teachers in gender sensitivity. Other activities included building latrines and distributing sanitary pads. Through active follow-up and tracking of a cohort of girls, the project prevented early and forced marriages as well as assisted pregnant students in their return to school.
Food For Knowledge
From 2012-2020, ADPP Mozambique implemented Planet Aid's flagship Food for Knowledge Project, which improved the academic performance, nutrition, and overall health of tens of thousands of school children. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, FFK provided daily meals to students, established school gardens, trained teachers, built and refurbished school kitchens and latrines, and taught children to read in their local languages. The project served 271 primary schools throughout the Manhiça, Magude, Matutuíne, and Moamba districts. The support of Mozambique’s Ministry of Education and Human Development (MINEDH) at district, provincial, and national levels helped ensure the long-term sustainability of project impacts. Read more about the success of Food for Knowledge.
In partnership with the government of Mozambique, ADPP Mozambique operates 11 teacher training colleges. The colleges train the students not only to become effective educators, but also to prepare them to lead economic, social, and cultural initiatives in their communities. As community leaders, teachers work to engage children and families on many levels, instilling a commitment to education while helping to facilitate an improved quality of life. Read more about teacher training.
One World University (OWU) was established in 1998 with the idea of training professionals in the field of education and poverty alleviation. It is one of 47 institutions of higher learning in Mozambique approved by the Ministry of Education.
In 1985, ADPP Mozambique established its first vocational school in Maputo and since that time has established two additional schools. Programs and courses are developed according to the needs of the school’s community. Read more about vocational schools.
ADPP Mozambique implemented a multi-year preschool program in the districts of Boane and Manhica. The project promoted the development of children under 6 by building 70 preschools across Maputo Province, impacting more than 4,000 young students. Read more about early education.