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Children in Mozambique go back to school after floods

15/02/2013

Children at Nkonne Primary School sorting through books damaged by floodsAt Nkonne Primary School near the town of Chókwè in Mozambique, books and desks were destroyed by the recent floods which forced the school to close down for two weeks. Children and teachers have now returned and are trying to see what can be salvaged. Plan is helping the school get back to normal by providing 'learners kits' with exercise books and other items the children need.

Widespread flooding has left a trail of destruction in Mozambique. The floods, the heaviest since 2000, have submerged towns in Gaza Province, destroying roads, bridges, schools and hospitals.

Supporting children and teachers

A quarter of a million people in thousands of communities were affected. Families were evacuated from some of the worst-hit areas and 180 schools were damaged. Plan is distributing learners’ kits to thousands of displaced children so they can go back to school.

We have also stepped in to provide emotional and psychological support to hundreds of teachers affected by the floods, which killed about 80 people.

To support the Mozambican government efforts to deal with the emergency response, Plan is distributing 13,000 learners’ kits to schools in Gaza Province, where more than 72,000 schoolchildren have been affected. The learning kit for each child includes 10 exercise books, pens, pencils, a ruler, an eraser, a geometry set and a school bag. We are also providing mobile blackboards.

Children at Nkonne Primary School reading flood-damaged books“We will support 19 schools in Chókwè district of Gaza with a total of 13,000 kits to benefit 13,000 children, while 252 teachers from the same schools will receive psychological support and family kits,” explains Plan’s Country Director Jennifer Martinesi. “Following discussions with government officials in the affected areas, we recognised that there was a gap in assistance for students and teachers.”

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