Developing a resource pack to promote family literacy in Mozambique

23 August 2016

The development of a pedagogical resource pack for family literacy in Mozambique is one of the measures implemented in the context of the Malala Initiative. It was developed as a cooperation between the Education Ministry’s Adult Literacy and Education Department (DINAEA) and UNESCO Maputo, with technical support from the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL). As part of the preparations for this pilot project, a field visit was undertaken to one of the selected sites in Boane District, to meet adult learners, facilitators and representatives of various villages.

The impact of family literacy on school success and better nutrition in Mozambique

The learners of DINAEA’s adult literacy programme, all women with children at pre-school or primary school, expressed their interest in participating in the pilot project. This project will consist of a series of family literacy sessions where adults learn how to develop activities through which to stimulate their children’s (pre-) literacy, numeracy and language development. The adults will be encouraged to incorporate the playful activities conducted in the sessions into their home lives, and to reflect on how these activities promote a culture of learning in the family and prepare their children for school, thereby increasing their chances of school success. To prepare for the pilot project promoting family literacy in Mozambique, a technical workshop was held at the beginning of July. Here it was decided that the pedagogical resource pack should focus on rural and vulnerable families, and on nutrition. This emphasis on nutrition is in keeping with both the United Nations initiative on the reduction of chronic undernutrition in Mozambique, and with the Sustainable Development Goal 2 on food security.