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Supporting girls to continue their education

All children have a right to an education, yet many children in Mozambique, especially girls, are denied this right. Only 48 percent of girls complete their primary education and 16 percent complete their secondary education. Those who don't complete their secondary education end up getting married, pregnant or both. To address this, we developed the ‘Better Opportunities for Girls’ (AMOR) project to support and empower girls to access their right to a full education.

Zefa is a 14-year-old girl from Jangamo district in southern Mozambique. After losing her parents when she was seven, she and her younger brother went to live with her grandmother.

Zefa received a scholarship to attend secondary school
Only a couple of months back Zefa never thought that she would be able to continue her studies

When Zefa finished primary school, her grandmother couldn't afford to pay for her secondary education. Fortunately, our staff visited her village to identify girls who were in need of a secondary school scholarship. This would cover not only three years of secondary school fees, but also the cost of uniforms and materials.

Zefa is now in her first year of secondary school. This is a dream come true for her as she never thought she'd be able to continue her studies.

“I’m really happy that I can continue my studies,” said Zefa. “The best thing about school is learning. I really like all subjects but if I had to choose my favourites, they would be mathematics and languages - Portuguese, English and French. I want to continue my studies, even after secondary school, so I can become a nurse.”

I want to continue my studies, even after secondary school, so I can become a nurse

Zefa also used to have to walk a long way to school every day, so we provided her with a bicycle to help her get to school more easily. She also joined our first summer camp, which we organised in partnership with district and provincial government institutions. During the week-long residential course, she was able to learn about sexual reproductive health, gender equality and child rights.


So far, through the AMOR project, we have:  supported 144 teenage girls with scholarships; established 15 children’s clubs in primary schools where children like Zefa can meet on a weekly basis to learn about sexual and reproductive health, gender equality and child rights; and built eight classrooms and a distance learning centre.