BACKGROUND ON MOZAMBIQUE
Mozambique is a country of 20 million people on the south-east coast of Africa that is extremely poor but has significant untapped development potential. After years of liberation and civil war, much of the infrastructure in the country, including many of the existing schools, were destroyed. The literacy rate is less than 45% for the country as a whole and is much lower in rural areas. While Mozambique has made great strides in improving access to education for Mozambican children, they still face a shortage of qualified teachers and school materials. Average class size is 73 students and many teachers have no formal training; many new teachers have little more than a year of teacher training after completing the 10th grade. Most Mozambican children have no access to age-appropriate reading materials beyond their textbooks and most teachers use rote learning methods due to their own limited experience and training, large class sizes, and lack of materials.