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Planet Aid Inc, ADPP Mozambique and the Ministry of Education produce new school books in two Mozambican languages

Bilingual BooksPlanet Aid and ADPP Mozambique are producing teaching and learning materials in two Mozambican languages, Changana and Rhonga.   The effort is part of the USDA-funded Food for Knowledge (FFK) Project, under the literacy program “Reinforcement of Reading and Writing.”

In Mozambique, the vast majority of the children do not learn to speak in the official language, Portuguese, and thus are challenged to learn how to read using reading materials that are phonically unfamiliar.

However, when students have access to learning materials written in their mother language, they develop reading and writing skills faster, and they can use it as a foundation for learning to read and write in Portuguese later. The pioneering materials produced as a part of FFK’s literacy program are enbaling students to more effectively participate in lessons and thereby improve their listening, speaking, and comprehension skills, as well as vocabulary and the capacity to tell and re-tell stories.

Collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Human Development and ADPP Mozambique

Teachers Bilingual BooksPlanet Aid and ADPP Mozambique are very proud to be part of the production of new grade 2 books in Changana and Rhonga, two of the 16 Mozambican languages taught in the primary schools. Developing official primary school books in national languages would be impossible without collaboration between several partners. The production of the schoolbooks is a result of a strong and well functioning partnership among Planet Aid Inc., ADPP Mozambique, the Mozambican Ministry of Education and Human Development, and the provincial and the district education departments.

Each partner contributed to this pioneer production of the grade 2 schoolbooks in the two languages. While the Ministry of Education defined the curriculum background for the content of the books and materials, Planet Aid and ADPP Mozambique contributed to the structure of the material, the strategies for the elaboration of books and manuals, as well as the graphic design and printing of the books. Cambridge Education provided the methodological platform for the materials, and the district education departments helped with the distribution of the books and manuals to the schools in the districts and the conservation of the books at the schools.