Swedish retailer Top Toy defied modern gender-specific stereotyping with their 2012 catalog's gender-neutral portrayals of girls playing with Nerf toy guns and boys playing with dolls, and most importantly, with one another.
Meet 8-year-old Tarcizia Narcizo Nguzi who loves hula hooping. "I have already done it ten times today," she says. "I will be a doctor when I grow up, and I will tell my patients to hula hoop. My teacher says it is good for exercise." Tarcizia's school was given more than 50 hula hoops, as part of the sports kit provided through the Child-Friendly Schools initiative.
"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.
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.
Did you know? The abolition of school fee in 2003/04 and Direct Support to Schools (Apoio Directo às Escolas-ADE) alongwith free-textbooks led to a surge in primary school enrolments from 3.3 million to around 5.3 million by 2012 resulting in the doubling of primary schools from 7594 to over 15000 and of teachers from 40,000 to nearly about 94,000. (Source: Annual School Survey, 2012 MINED)