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This is Silvino's 16-year-old sister Orfa. Orfa wakes up at 5am every morning to take a bath. Then she goes to school. Back by noon, Orfa cooks and takes care of the household. The fact that she has time to study despite her many chores is astonishing, as it is difficult enough for orphaned children to stay in school at all. "I want to be a nurse," she says. "It is hard, but I have to continue studying, and Silvino helps out." Read more at…

When anyone needs help or advice, they know they can always go to 14-year old Amina Gulamo Katamo. As the leader of the “Os Bradas” school club at Ngungunhane school in Chibuto, she is like an older sister to all the children, and she knows the answers to many important questions.

Meet 14-year-old Ana Paulino. When her parents came to register her in school, they did not mention that she and one of her younger sisters suffer from albinism; they also did not know that the school was part of the Child-Friendly Schools initiative, which promotes inclusive education and the right of all children to equitable education. "Many of my classmates like me now, they are not afraid anymore," says Ana with a glint in her eyes.

UNICEF Mozambique is implementing the “Ignored Children project” since last year. In the Education the project aims to ensure that teachers in all Child-Friendly Schools districts have the knowledge and skills to provide inclusive learning environment for children with disabilities. The Physical Education and Sports is one of the components and includes: procurement of sports kits for children with disabilities and capacity development.

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In Mozambique, children now have a much better opportunity to learn than before. Today, 100 per cent of the children are enrolled in primary school, up from 69 per cent in 2003. © UNICEF Mozambique/2012

This Earth Day, give your students this report card and have them evaluate how “green” their school / classroom / home is. *FREE*

The Library of the Macunene School in Chibuto makes reading fun www.unicef.org/mozambique/resources_13055.html "Part of the books we have here thanks to UNICEF support are for children. We are very happy that our children finally can experience books that are not only schoolbooks, but that they can read for fun if they want to,” says Manuel Cuna, the librarian.

Wrinkled Hearts - I do this - but the poem is new! LOVE!!!! "Before you speak, think and be smart. It's hard to Fix a wrinkled heart."

UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Peter Krämer Foundation today kicked off a new fundraising drive to raise US$80 million to help Africa’s girls, orphans, children living in extreme poverty and other vulnerable children go to school and get a quality education.