Project in brief

The project is enhancing pre-school education and promoting the teaching and learning conditions with the establishment of brand-new school block and the purchase of related equipment at Marist School in Manhiça (Mozambique).



Regarding pre-school education, only 5% of children under 5 years of age are enrolled in school. The district has 92 elementary schools with first grade, but this goes down to 59 with second grade.

Faced with a predominantly young population pyramid, there is a lack of educational possibilities in the first years of school that is accentuated over the years, as well as low levels of quality reflected in the high number of students per teacher. All this leads to higher levels of illiteracy than desired and very poor socio-economic conditions. As a result, the minimum standards of nutrition, hygiene and well-being are not being met.

The Marist school of Manhiça lacks the adequate pre-school infrastructures, hence the current initiative’s  aim is to offer a quality educational service in the early stages to progressively strengthen the higher stages.


Aim of the project:

The project aims at providing new pre-school education facilities for poor rural children and at offering outreach activities that will assist the development of village communities in the outlying and surrounding area.

 The construction of a new pre-school block for Manhiça Marist School will make the teaching and learning more adequate and effective.

Direct beneficiaries will be 120 children of whom 80 are currently attending the Manhiça Marist School programs. Once the project is established, all of them will be moved to the new block.

Indirect beneficiaries will be all the students attending the school as the average number of students for each classroom will be cut back from 56 to 40.

Furthermore, it will help ensure inclusive, equitable and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.


Project main figures:

  • A pre-school block at Manhiça Marist School to support the educational needs of the rural children.
  • An appropriate facility to benefit small children.
  • 120 children to be offered an appropriate environment up to expected standards.
  • A favourable impact on the entire school population.
  • The average number of students for each classroom of the school will drop from 56 to 40.

SDG goals: 4, 9

Laudato Si’ goals: 5, 7

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