As the flood-induced humanitarian crisis continues to take its toll on thousands of communities in Mozambique, global children’s rights organization Plan International has started distributing learning kits to thousands of displaced school children to enable them to return 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 has made the commitment to distribute 10,000 learning kits to schools in the Gaza Province, where more than 70,000 school 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. Each learning kit includes the following items: 10 exercise books, pens, pencils, a ruler, an eraser, a geometry set, and a book bag.
“We will support 19 schools in the 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 has said that the majority of the children who were enrolled in schools at the beginning of this year have not been able to attend school due to the flooding, leaving a trail of destruction that has affected more than 23 million people.
“Following Plan’s discussions with government officials in the affected areas, we recognized 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 materials and shelter for them to continue their education with dignity. Plan also wants to assist them and their teachers to deal with the psychological effects of the crisis,” she said.