Given that the populations of Mozambique is of approximately 29 million citizens, a big proportion of these are children – on average, 10 million. Of these 10 million, 1.5 million Mozambican pupils in what would be primary and secondary school attendees do not go to school. The country has one of the highest dropout rates in the world (only 24% of children between the ages of 13 and 17 attend secondary school).
The long distances from home to school and the lack of economic capacity to support school costs are some of the reasons for high dropout rates. 90% of daily trips are made on foot, with distances ranging from 1.5 km to 40 km, and only 8% of Mozambicans own a bicycle.
Educate for the Future is a Galp Foundation initiative, in partnership with Helpo (hyperlink), which supports the development of education projects in Portugal, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and Guinea-Bissau. Active since 2008, the Helpo Association is a non-governmental development organisation (NGDO) focused on education and nutrition.
Helpo reaches more than 19,000 children and funds their activities through the Child Sponsorship Programme, free donations, projects funded by international agencies and companies.
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In Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe, the Educate for the Future Project helps children, parents and teachers in 16 communities in rural areas of Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe with offers of social grants and materials needed for children's schooling.