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When girls participate in sports and physical activity, it offers them the opportunity to challenge traditional and stereotypical gender roles and helps build confidence and self-esteem.

A group of girls from SF State and USF has taken up the international sport of rugby, defying stereotypical gender roles in the process.

Photo of the Week: In Mozambique, the quality package of school interventions includes five main focus areas: Education, Water, sanitation and hygiene, Health, Protection and Community participation.

Jenny Jones snowboarding in the 2014 Winter Olympics highlighted successful women in sport. Read an article in The Guardian on challenging gender stereotypes.

In 2010 a gender audit of the education sector in Mozambique was conducted by UNICEF. And we found that more girls are enrolling in schools especially at primary level. The difference in enrolments between boys and girls has been reducing steadily. Girls in primary schools grew from 42.7 percent in 2000 to 47.7 percent in 2011. However, the key conclusion from the audit is that there is a still lot of ground to be covered to achieve gender equality in schools.

More children are attending school today than five years ago, but great challenges remain According to the forthcoming 2010 ‘Child Poverty and Disparities Study’, disparities have been narrowing in primary education in Mozambique, whereas progress in secondary education has been slow. Approximately 3.3 million of Mozambique’s 4.1 million children aged 6-12 were attending primary school, equivalent to a net attendance rate of 81 per cent, in 2008. The attendance rate in secondary school…

When anyone needs help or advice, they know they can always go to 14-year old Amina Gulamo Katamo. As the leader of the “Os Bradas” school club at Ngungunhane school in Chibuto, she is like an older sister to all the children, and she knows the answers to many important questions.

Kudos! Eliminate gender stereotyping.

"Before, we used to come across children in Grade 3 who did not know how to read or write. Today, thanks to the Child-Friendly Schools initiative, even by Grade 2 our students do not face this challenge. In our teacher training we learned new methodologies and approaches, and that training helped us achieve a significant improvement in the level of our children's learning." says Nausone Moiane, Vice- Principal at the Ngungunhane School in Chibuto district.

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