Alfalit Mozambique has been operating since 2004. For the past 5 years, 21,503 students have participated in our literacy, preschool, basic education and community development programs.
Executive Director: Américo Levi Vilanculos
Rua de Inharrime 603, Bairro do Fomento
Cidade da Matola – Mocambique
Tel: +258 (21) 783368
Mozambique, officially the Republic of Mozambique (Portuguese: Moçambique or República de Moçambique), is a country in southeastern Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest.
The area was explored by Vasco da Gama in 1498 and colonized by Portugal in 1505. Mozambique became independent in 1975, to which it became the People’s Republic of Mozambique shortly after, and was the scene of an intense civil war lasting from 1977 to 1992. The country was named Moçambique by the Portuguese after Msumbiji, the Swahili name of Mozambique Island and port-town.
Mozambique is a member of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries and the Commonwealth of Nations and an observer of the Francophonie. Mozambique’s life expectancy and infant mortality rates are both among the worst ranked in the world. Its Human Development Index is one of the lowest on earth.
Illiteracy rate: 52.2%:
Since independence from Portugal in 1975, school constructions and teacher training enrollments have not kept up with population increases. After the Mozambican Civil War (1977-1992), with post-war enrollments reaching all-time highs due to stability and youth population growth, the quality of education suffered.
All Mozambicans are required by law to attend school through the primary level; however, a lot of children in Mozambique do not go to primary school because they have to work for their families’ farms. In 2007, one million children still did not go to school, most of them from poor rural families, and almost half of all teachers in Mozambique were still unqualified. Girls’ enrollment increased from 3 million in 2002 to 4.1 million in 2006 while the completion rate increased from 31,000 to 90,000, which testified a very poor completion rate.