AKDN activities, which are concentrated in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado, include the Habitat Initiative, which works to improve the built environment in poor areas. For more information, click on the image above.AKDN activities are concentrated in Mozambique’s northernmost province of Cabo Delgado, where the rural population depends mostly on farming and fishing for survival. In most areas of the province families produce enough to survive and little more. Rural villages are not only isolated from markets, but also from education and health services. One in four children born in Cabo Delgado does not survive past the age of five and at least half of the province’s children are malnourished. Life expectancy is under 40 years.
To address these challenges, the Coastal Rural Support Programme (CRSP(M)) was initiated in 2001 as an integrated programme of activities in economic development (including agriculture), civil society, education, health and habitat. It is currently working in five districts of Cabo Delgado province (Quissanga, lbo, Meluco, Pemba Metuge, and Macomia) with the aim of increasing food security and income generation opportunities, as well as health and education, for rural households, particularly women. By the end of 2013, CRSP(M)’s goal is to enable sustainable improvements in the quality of life for 200,000 people.
Miniature elephants have been carved out of ebony at a local craftsmanship centre supported by the Aga Khan Foundation's Coastal Rural Support Programme.The Aga Khan Foundation's programms in Mozambique cover the following programmatic areas: agriculture, education, health, entrepreneurship and civil society. The AKF employs 192 workers and its programmatic initiatives are benefiting approximately 200,000 Mozambicans. AKF undertakes multi-sectorial programming in 232 villages in six districts of Cabo Delgado (Ibo, Macomia, Meluco, Mocimboa da Praia, Pemba-Metuge and Quissanga) and pursues select interventions in other districts of the province, as well as in some other districts in Nampula and Zambezia provinces.
In 2014, the Government of Mozambique and AKDN signed an agreement for the AKF(Moz) management of the Agrarian Institute of Bilibiza (IABil), the only technical secondary school in Cabo Delgado designed for agronomy students. Since then, AKF(Moz) has begun a competency-based learning pedagogy training course for all of IABil’s 24 teachers, new conservation-based agricultural techniques have been introduced to the curriculum, including rapid seed multiplication systems, Sustainable Rice Intensification (SRI), livestock breeding and fruit production. The class schedule was revised to enable students to spend more time participating in community development and agricultural production activities while providing teachers with designated time to work with IABil management to strengthen the curriculum and teaching practices. Infrastructure development projects have given students and staff access to potable water, the irrigation system is complete and construction of sanitation services and electricity upgrades are underway.
In health, the number of community health workers trained by AKF doubled from nearly 360 to 720 (2013). These workers are expected to reach 79,600 women of reproductive age and their children under five in 200 villages. Through the AKF community-based savings groups, more than 4,800 people (53 percent women) can access a safe place to save and access credit on flexible terms to meet investment, consumption and emergency needs.
Through interventions in ECD, primary education, and youth and adult literacy, the Foundation’s education activities reach nearly 54,000 learners. In 2013, 1,090 young children made the transition into primary school at the right age, a significant achievement as only one-quarter of pre-schools functioned daily prior to AKF’s efforts to revitalise pre-school services in the province. The Government of Mozambique has selected AKF to introduce the first national ECD plan in Cabo Delgado, a pilot to scale up ECD services in the country under the “Education for All” initiative.
The Aga Khan Academy, in Maputo, is the third in a network of K–12 schools to be established across Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Middle East, with the purpose of providing a world-class education to exceptional students of all socio-economic backgrounds. The Aga Khan Academy, Maputo expects to have 750 students in 2020.
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