USAID SABER: Improving Learning Outcomes in Mozambique through Bilingual Education

Mozambique teaches ever greater numbers of children in its primary schools, but survey results indicate continuing obstacles to meeting literacy goals. Ministry of Education and Human Development (MINEDH) data suggest that poor outcomes are a result, at least in part, of requiring rural children with no previous exposure in Portuguese to learn reading and writing skills in the official language, rather than in their home language.

The USAID-funded Improving Learning Outcomes in Primary Education (SABER) Activity will harness local expertise and local systems to rapidly improve student learning outcomes through a bilingual education program in Nampula and Zambezia provinces, the two most populous of Mozambique’s ten provinces.

World Education and its consortium partners will (1) support MINEDH to deliver quality remedial instruction to students in grades 1 to 3 (the 1st cycle of primary education) through a sustainable basic education program; (2) extend basic education interventions to grades 4 to 6 (the 2nd cycle of primary education) and train teachers to support students to consolidate foundational reading and math skills, transferring these skills to Portuguese and progressing to higher level skills; and (3) increase instruction time and reduce teacher absenteeism through engagement with education services, government, civil societies, school leaders and communities

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