Mozambique is one of the many developing countries in the world where girls are neglected when it comes to education opportunities.
Recently in Maputo, at the launching of a study on “Women in Politics”, by the Electoral and Democracy Sustainability in Southern Africa (EISA), which counted with UK funds, the deputy High Commissioner Farida Shaikh stressed the commitment of the UK government of further supporting efforts for greater women participation in the country’s life and, particularly, for more opportunities for girls to have access to education.
The Girls’ Education Challenge, launched in the UK in 2011, will help up to a million of the world’s poorest girls to have an opportunity to improve their lives through education. The initiative calls on NGOs, charities and the private sector to find better ways of getting girls in school and ensuring they receive a quality of education to transform their future.
In Mozambique in particular, the Fund was launched during the recent visit by the deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who stressed the importance of Promoting Advancement of Girls’ Education in Mozambique (PAGE-M) during a visit at a local school.
DFID Mozambique has been following the implementation of the initiative in Mozambique, which is a remarkable element in achieving one of the Millennium Development Goals: universal primary education for children everywhere.