Mozambique's schools will re-open for the 2022 school year on February 3rd, and we are so excited to launch our latest initiative: a girls school bus! This school bus, run by the Mozambique School Lunch Initiative, will transport girls from rural communities (where there are no high schools) to the nearest high school so that they can continue their studies. We are starting in Cumba Village, where the local primary school only goes until the seventh grade. To continue with eighth grade, the nearest high school is about a 30-minute drive away. None of these students have access to a vehicle and there is no public transport. This leads to most students abandoning their studies after the seventh grade. For girls, this often results in early marriages as well.
That's why, we're bringing a bus to make sure these girls still have the chance to go to high school! The bus will pick the girls up early in the morning, take them to school, and then drop them off back home later in the afternoon. We have worked closely with the local community leadership and parents to ensure that everyone is supportive of the project and will help ensure its success. Our school bus driver is also well-trained and will be driving extra safe to ensure these girls get to school safely.
We expect to have over 25 students for our first bus, and we'll have the final numbers once schools officially begin on February 3rd. This is potentially a life-changing opportunity for these girls. A high school education dramatically increases a young woman's skills and income-earning potential in Mozambique. A tremendous thank you to everyone who has made this new initiative possible! We look forward to sharing more stories and photos in the coming months!
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