The girls, especially the poorest ones, finish their schooling long before the boys, just after the primary school around 12-13 years, because they have to dedicate themselves to the care of the house and the younger siblings; fact that exposes them very often to early marriage and pregnancy and even human traffic.
Only 58.8% of the population aged 15 or over is able to read and write (the percentage for women only falls to 45.4%), in addition the percentage of women over 25 with a secondary education is only 1.5% against 6.02% of men.
Mozambique is one of the fastest growing economies in the world: annual growth has averaged 7% over the past two decades. The Government has showed strong commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, but the impact on poverty reduction and employment creation is still moderate. 54% of the population lives below the poverty line, and the country is ranked 180th out of 187 countries overall in the 2015 Human Development Index (HDI).
Our efforts are invested in professional training for young adults to become active and thriving members of their society.
Social Support & Health
About 45% of the population is made up of children aged 0 to 14 years. 32% are children under 10 years. About 20% of the population is between the ages of 0 and 5 and can be considered the most vulnerable, as they suffer different problems that hinder their balanced physical, psychological and social development (Source: CIA World Factbook 2017).
We see every challenge as an opportunity, and this initiative helps us to ensure that the children are better prepared to manage the situations they find themselves in.
The Community is the catalyzer for social and civic changes that can affect children’s every day life for better. Involvement and awareness raising activities are a focus point here at ASEM Mozambique.
Culture & Arts
Through our Culture & Art Programs, we have the potential to make a real change in the life of the children. This is one of our key areas of focus here at ASEM Mozambique, and a source of much success to see positive progress within the kids by using Arts as a tool for psychological rehabilitation.
Agriculture & Self-Sustainability
Our efforts pertaining to this program involve studying new approaches and developing innovative ways to implement them. We evaluate our success in this field by gathering qualitative and quantitative results, and using that information to implement changes from our baseline measurements.