Sky-high unemployment rates and deteriorated families set the backdrop for Mozambique’s children…
Economic dependence on South Africa, severe drought, and a prolonged civil war have slowed Mozambique’s development.
With current political stability, economic growth and an abundance of natural resources, many doors are opening for work. Sadly, the lack of education perpetuates a void of educated workers and prevents locals from equitably benefiting from foreign investment.
Over the next 10 years, our literacy program could impact 16.7 million school-aged children, as 62% of the population of Mozambique is between the ages of 5 and 25.
In partnership with OurStories, CouldYou? created an initiative to produce and distribute 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.
Mr. Rabbit and the Well (Nwa Mpfundla Ni Shilhowo), was created by literacy specialist April Nickell and designer Eric Emch, and translated by Mozambican educator Manuel Jeque Francisco. This unique book is culturally relevant, mirroring the local values in Mozambique and instilling cultural pride and ownership.
Since its publication, 3,500 books have been distributed and 35,000 students and parents have read the book. Former Mozambican President Chissano endorsed the book calling it, “an important contribution towards building a world of peace and harmony, founded in a better understanding among different people”.