Through our Literacy initiative, we have an unprecedented opportunity to impact every child in Mozambique by transforming the educational system in partnership with Mozambican teachers and the Ministry of Education. Over the next 20 years, we could impact 16.7 million school-aged children, as 62% of the population of Mozambique is between the ages of 5 and 25. As a result of the initiative:
- Literacy rates are projected to increase to 98%
- 85% of people are projected to procure higher paying jobs
- An entire generation of youth will be transformed and ready to lead their country to continued economic growth
In addition, this literacy program can be replicated in other African countries, making the impact truly continent-wide.
As part of our education initiative, CouldYou? is partnering with OurStories to produce and distribute a series of children’s books native to Mozambique, sharing one story from each province. This will allow the next generation to learn and grow with books that reflect and celebrate their culture. It is estimated that 20,000 students and parents will read the 2000 Mr. Rabbit and the Well books that have been distributed to date. Another 1,500 books will be distributed in early 2018, estimated to reach about 15,000 people. Ultimately, CouldYou? wants to make multiple culturally relevant children’s books available to every child in the country.