Lifting literacy with community cooperation

Updated Jun 18, 2019
By World Vision Mozambique; Edited by Katie Hackett

​Improving literacy levels is a top priority in the A Hi Kulene community, and a new reading program that started last year is already showing promise.

“Our classes have many pupils—50 to 60 per class—and our teachers cannot reach all of us,” says one local student named Nilca. “Our performance normally is bad. World Vision came up with reading centres, where people from our community help us with our reading and writing.”

In partnership with education authorities and community members, these reading centres have been established in several villages as a place for kids to get extra lessons.

The centres are intended for primary students in Grades 1-3, although older students who are particularly struggling have joined as well, seeing the positive results of the centres.

The level of cooperation throughout the community seems to be a big factor in the centres’ success. So far, 22 women and two men have been trained as facilitators and equipped with supplies to teach the kids.

Better learning environments in schools also play a role in students’ ability to concentrate and learn, so World Vision has been working to build and restore new classrooms. For example, two classrooms were renovated at Nilca’s primary school last year.

“We would like to ask World Vision to expand this initiative to other villages in our community, because we believe that this would help a lot of other children in other schools,” she says.