Recently a group of IKEA co-workers from Denmark was able to visit UNICEF educational projects in Mozambique.
Mozambique has suffered from low levels of literacy, especially among women, for years. The 2003 Demographic and Health Survey recorded that 62 per cent of women were illiterate, compared to 33 per cent of men.
UNICEF is working to improve education in the most vulnerable districts in seven provinces of Mozambique.
UNICEF is helping schools become more child-friendly, so children have a safe, healthy and child-friendly learning environment. They’re improving school environments – including classroom buildings, access to water, sanitation and hygiene. Because children need to be healthy to go to school and to benefit fully from education, UNICEF is also improving health and hygiene education and physical education programmes.
They’re particularly focusing on orphaned and vulnerable children, to make sure they have the means to attend school. They’re also working hard to ensure that girls are not left behind.
Through the IKEA Foundation’s Soft Toys for Education campaign, we are supporting UNICEF’s educational projects.
Here are some pictures of the people our coworkers met, taken by Adjowii Özdemir, Corporate Alliances Officer at UNICEF.
Want to know more? Read a blog by UNICEF worker Marie-Consolee
All images ©UNICEF/ Mozambique 2012/Adjowii Jolin Özdemir