Policy Update

Japan provides US$21 million for four new gender-sensitive secondary schools in Mozambique

The Japanese government has announced ¥2 million (US$21 million) to construct four secondary schools in the Zambezia province of Mozambique's capital city, Maputo. The schools, which are expected to accommodate some 4,400 students annually, will be outfitted with new educational materials including classroom items and science laboratory equipment.

The schools will also feature gender-sensitive facilities, such as separate changing rooms and bathrooms for male and female pupils. These amenities are intended to facilitate increased enrollment and attendance rates by girls, for whom lack of private, hygienic spaces in which to utilize menstrual products is one of the primary obstacles to higher education globally.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)