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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…

The Library of the Macunene School in Chibuto makes reading fun "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.

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.

More than 7.5 million children in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia have gained improved access to quality education through a 10-year partnership between Gucci and UNICEF.

Did you know? The abolition of school fee in 2003/04 and Direct Support to Schools (Apoio Directo às Escolas-ADE) alongwith free-textbooks led to a surge in primary school enrolments from 3.3 million to around 5.3 million by 2012 resulting in the doubling of primary schools from 7594 to over 15000 and of teachers from 40,000 to nearly about 94,000. (Source: Annual School Survey, 2012 MINED)

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 Silvino Masinge. Silvino's father got sick and died after working in the mines in South Africa, so life is hard for Silvino and his family. His future would look bleak, if it weren't for one thing: school. "Studying is actually the only way of getting a good job," Silvino explains. Read more at

Meet Loveness and her 3-month-old daughter Felicia. Loveness is one of many girls in Mozambique who got pregnant at an early age, and subsequently dropped out of school. Loveness did not see any other option than to drop out. Her parents and the baby's father kept insisting that she go back and study for her future, but she felt ashamed and did not believe she could be a good student when she had just become a mother. Read her story at

In 2010 a gender audit of the education sector in Mozambique was conducted by UNICEF. And we found that more girls are enrolling in schools especially at primary level. The difference in enrolments between boys and girls has been reducing steadily. Girls in primary schools grew from 42.7 percent in 2000 to 47.7 percent in 2011. However, the key conclusion from the audit is that there is a still lot of ground to be covered to achieve gender equality in schools.

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