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Project Fact Sheet for YE01

Project / Programme Title
Education Policy and Planning
Brief Project Description
Considerable progress has been made in increasing children’s access to primary education in Mozambique, as evidenced through an increase in the net enrollment ratio at lower primary level or grades 1-5, from 69 per cent (66 per cent girls/72 per cent boys) in 2003, to 83 per cent (81 per cent girls/86 per cent boys) in 2005. However, significant gender and geographical disparities persist in terms of enrolment ratios. Moreover, increased access has not been accompanied by an increase in the quality of education. The quality of education is being further compromised by the high learner/teacher ratio (74:1) and the increasing proportion of unqualified teachers (44 per cent in 2005). The Education Policy and Planning Project supports and strengthens national capacities to ensure that all children have access to quality primary education, with emphasis on getting more girls in schools, keeping them there and assisting them in performance. In fulfilment of the objectives of this project, technical assistance and other resources will be provided to strengthen capacities in the Ministry of Education (MINED) to develop research-based strategies to increase girls’ primary school enrolment, attendance and performance, and also, fully mainstream HIV/AIDS prevention activities in primary education. Policy analysis and development will be strengthened by way of research, through assisting MINED to disseminate existing policies and research results. Gender-responsive planning and monitoring capacities will be strengthened to assess, analyse and report on educational development at national, provincial and district level and by the development of technical guidelines. Further, a number of specific policy issues will be addressed such as the development of stronger partnerships with families and communities and with NGOs, religious organisations, the private sector and donors. In addition research will highlight areas for priority action for children in need of special attention, for example orphans. The project embraces the sector-wide approach to programming (SWAP) adopted by the Government for the education sector. It complements efforts of other partners by bringing to the policy table lessons learned from its concrete field experiences in the promotion of girls education (Zambézia), life skills for HIV prevention and community capacity development. In 2006, the Education Policy and Planning Project will support DIPLAC capacity development in research, data analysis and decentralised planning. It will also provide technical inputs for the development of Education Sector Strategic Plan II Investment and Implementation Plan to ensure that adequate budget is allocated for primary education. In addition, the project will develop a knowledge management system to ensure that studies, evaluations and lessons learned are distributed to inform policy making processes and accordingly tailor future interventions. It will also contribute to the development and implementation of the HIV/AIDS and Gender work plan of the Special Programme Directorate at the Ministry of Education and the National AIDS Council’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Strategy for Youth.
Donor Agency / UN Agency
Government Counterparts

Project Information

Project Status
Mozambican Project Number
Fonte de Recurso
Actual Start - End
2002-01-01 / 2006-12-31
Planned Start - End
2002-01-01 / 2006-12-31
Date of Signature of MoU/Contract
National / Regional
Type of Implementation
Project Contact Person
Stella Kaabwe | 
Project Internet Link
UNICEF currently operates in Mozambique within the framework of a five-year Country Programme (CP) of Cooperation with the Government of Mozambique (2002-2006), which is fully aligned with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the same period. The CP is articulated around five programmes: (1) Nutrition and Health; (2) Basic Education; (3) Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion; (4) Special Protection; and (5) Social Policy, Advocacy and Communication. The planned budget for the 2002-2006 CP is US$ 86.3 million, comprising of US$ 36.3 million in core resource (Regular Resources) and US$ 50 million in non-core resource (Other Resources). Other Resources are subject to availability of funds and are raised by UNICEF at global, regional and country level to implement the CP from various sources, including Governments and private sector (National Committee for UNICEF). In addition to RR and OR, UNICEF also receives Emergency Funds to support emergency response activities, which are mainstreamed across all programmes in the CP. UNICEF resources are used in Mozambique according to three broad categories: cash (cash given to Government or Civil Society Organisation to implement the CP), supply (supply procured for the Government and Civil Society Organisations to implement the CP), and Technical Assistance & Staff costs. Cash represents about 55% of the resources used, while supply represents about 20% and technical assistance about 25%. Financial figures reported here include all these three categories and refer to RR, OR and Emergency Funds for the period 2002 to 2006. Details about the specific use of funds can be provided by UNICEF Office in Maputo upon request. In the spirit of alignment and harmonisation, the United Nations Country Team in Mozambique has fully aligned the content and cycle of the new United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) with the PARPA II, developing a three-year framework for 2007-2009. Within this framework, UNICEF developed a new Country Programme of Cooperation with the Government for the period 2007 to 2009. The planned Budget for the three-year new CP is US$ 88.6 million, comprising of US$ 22.6 million RR and US$ 66 million OR. Under the new Country Programme, UNICEF will build upon the strengths of the current CP to support national efforts in the priority areas of Young Child Survival and Development, Basic Education and HIV/AIDS. Two other areas of Child Protection from Violence, Exploitation and Abuse and Policy Advocacy and Partnerships for Children’s Rights will also form the core of the new CP. Particular focus will be given to accelerating activities to support children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, and also to the piloting of integrated initiatives on 'childfriendly' schools and support to orphans and vulnerable children, aimed at providing sustainable models for national scale-up. The new CP will be implemented by Government line ministries at the national and subnational levels, in partnership with multi-lateral and bilateral partners, NGOs and communities, in order to reduce existing disparities and ensure that the most vulnerable and marginalised children are reached. Details about the new CP will be included in the database starting 1 January 2007.  

Funding Information

Aid Modality
Sector Program
Type of Funding
On/Off Budget
Off Budget
On/Off Treasury
Off Treasury
Funding Totals
1,605,785 EUR
1,605,782 EUR
-3 EUR
Historic Funding
1,683,958 EUR
1,683,958 EUR
Funding 2007
Disbursements 1st Quarter
Disbursements 2nd Quarter
Disbursements 3rd Quarter
Disbursements 4th Quarter


Channel of Delivery
  • Chokwe Agricltural Research Station
  • Nivenyee, Colegio Infantil
  • RENSIDA and PLWHA Associations
  • Vetaid
11200 Basic Education
  • Education
  • Gender
  • HIV/AIDS and Malaria
Focal Regions