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Mozambican education authorities are investing to reduce illiteracy rate from the current 44.5 percent to 41 percent by 2019, an official confirmed on Saturday.
To materialise the plan, the Ministry of Education is already spending nearly 2 million U.S. dollars every year.
“The amount varies from year to year according to the demand, but basically that is the amount we budget for improving literacy and pay the 15,000 volunteers,” said National Director for Adults Education Laurindo Nhacune.
The country’s most populated provinces Nampula, Zambezia and Cabo Delgado have the highest illiteracy rate. In Cabo Delgado the rate is at 60 percent, according to statistics.
According to Mozambique News Agency AIM, the national director indicated that to speed up the process, there is an additional program led by students to educate their parents at home.
Raising literacy is one of Mozambique’s national policies to fight extreme poverty. Mozambique has done significantly in the process compared to in 1975, the year it gained independence, when illiteracy rate was at 93 percent .Source: Xinhua
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