As the flood-induced humanitarian crisis continues to take its toll on thousands of communities in Mozambique, global children’s rights organisation Plan International has started distributing learners’ kits to thousands of displaced school-going children to enable them to go back to school.
Plan has also stepped in to provide emotional and psychological support to hundreds of teachers affected by the floods, which killed about 80 people and affected almost a quarter of a million people in the past few weeks.
To support the Mozambican government efforts to deal with the emergency response, Plan committed to distribute 10,000 learners’ kits to schools in Gaza Province, where more than 70,000 school-going children, have been affected.
The floods, the heaviest since 2000, have submerged towns in Gaza Province, destroying roads, bridges, schools and hospitals.
The first set of 955 kits has already been distributed. The learning kit for each child includes 10 exercise books, pens, pencils, a ruler, an eraser, a geometric set and a school bag.
“We will support 19 schools in Chókwè district of Gaza with a total of 10,000 kits to benefit 10,000 children, while 252 teachers from the same schools will receive psychological support and family kits,” said Plan’s Country Director Jennifer Martinesi.
Ms Martinesi said majority of the children who were enrolled in schools beginning of this year had not been able to attend school due to the floods, which left a trail of destruction in the southern African country of more than 23 million people.
“Following Plan’s discussions with government officials in the affected areas, we recognised that there was a gap in assistance for students and teachers that were affected by the floods.
“And as most of the schools have been destroyed, Plan’s wish is to ensure that all the children who are out of school are supported with educational material and shelter for them to continue with their education with dignity. Plan also want to assist them and their teachers to deal with the psychological effects of the crisis,” she said.