A Safe Return to Learning During COVID-19

USAID supports collective safe reopening of schools in Mozambique

Grade 3 students read in class while following COVID-19 protocols. / Julio Bernardo, Vamos Ler
School directors like Jorge Fernando Alexandre depend on collaborative efforts between the school, parents, and the community to ensure schools reopen safely. / Arlinda Beirao, Vamos Ler

“An entire year without in-person classes could potentially mean that many children simply never return to class,” Alexandre said.

Students and teachers are always masked, temperatures are taken daily, and the number of students per classroom is reduced. / Julio Bernardo, Vamos Ler

Working towards a safe school reopening

Grade one pupils in class at Mulhana Primary School, Nampula./ Arlinda Beirao, Vamos Ler
Students wait in line to wash their hands before entering classrooms. / Arlinda Beirao, Vamos Ler

Back in the classroom

Children like this young girl are returning to school this year at what USAID’s LeAnna Marr describes as a pivotal moment in global education. / Julio Bernardo, Vamos Ler

“Millions of children worldwide have been forced out of school, and marginalized populations have been the most disproportionately impacted. Despite the pandemic, in 2020 USAID reached more than 24 million children at the primary and secondary level. These investments are paying off — they are providing millions of learners with access to education.”

Left: Sérgio José Puaneleque uses USAID-funded bilingual reading curriculum in Mulhana Primary School. Right: The primary school looks different this year as children have adapted to added safety measures and are excited to be back in the classroom learning. / Julio Bernardo, Vamos Ler
Soon millions of children will be back in school. Despite the pandemic, in 2020 USAID reached more than 24 million children at the primary and secondary level. Today, these investments are paying off in the classroom. / Julio Bernardo, Vamos Ler

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