The long journey to Mozambique

After 32 hours of travelling, including six takeoffs and landings, we arrived happily but exhausted at our hotel in Tete, Mozambique.

IWitness team Finland with Aino Sarkia from UNICEF Finland in Addis Ababa airport, Ethiopia - By Liisa Kaltia
IWitness team Finland with Aino Sarkia from UNICEF Finland in Addis Ababa airport, Ethiopia – By Liisa Kaltia

Our trip started on Sunday from different cities in Finland, and the team met at Helsinki Airport from where we headed to Stockholm Arlanda to catch the connecting flight to Addis Ababa. From the capital of Ethiopia, we took a flight to Maputo where we met our partner, UNICEF, at their head office to have a small briefing about the education situation in Mozambique, its challenges and its goals. After the briefing we took a flight to Tete, a city in the northwest of Mozambique near the border of Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Part of IWitness team Finland with Aino Sarkia from UNICEF Finland in Maputo, Mozambique - By Liisa Kaltia.
Part of IWitness team Finland with Aino Sarkia from UNICEF Finland in Maputo, Mozambique – By Liisa Kaltia.

In Mozambique, children go to school at the age of six and almost all the children start primary school. Primary school lasts seven years. Around 93% of children start primary school but, unfortunately, only 63% complete all seven classes. Reasons for leaving school can be of cultural matter or the need for helping hands at home. However, in the last few years there has been an increasing number of girls graduating the school. Mozambique, together with UNICEF, has achieved a lot more positive results that we will tell you about later on.

Good night!
IWitness team Finland

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