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Cabo Delgado: Over 80 Schools Affected by Terrorism to Reopen in February

Cabo Delgado: Over 80 Schools Affected by Terrorism to Reopen in February

The Provincial Directorate of Education revealed on Tuesday 23 January that more than 80 schools destroyed or affected by the terrorist attacks will reopen in February. These are institutions located in the districts of Palma, Mocímboa da Praia, Muidumbe, Macomia, Quissanga, Nangade and Meluco.

“Despite reports of new attacks, we guarantee that the environment in these districts remains safe. In Mocímboa da Praia, the conditions are already in place for schools to be up and running and, in all, we will have 40 active schools in this district,” said Cabo Delgado’s Provincial Director of Education, Rachide Sualehe.

According to the source, Cabo Delgado province had almost 200 schools closed in the 2023 school year due to the terrorist attacks and the insecurity situation.

“We will reopen the schools depending on the authorisation of the Defence and Security Forces, we can’t resume at random,” he said.

He also said that the education sector has not yet reached its enrolment targets for first grade, where 115,000 pupils have been enrolled so far, out of the 140,000 expected.

Since the start of the armed conflict, the city of Pemba, the provincial capital, has welcomed more than 10,000 displaced pupils. However, with the re-establishment of security conditions, almost half have already returned to their home districts.

Cabo Delgado province has been affected by a conflict since 2017 that has terrorised the population. Groups of armed rebels have pillaged and massacred villages and towns all over the province and a variety of attacks have been claimed by the ‘arm’ of the self-proclaimed Islamic State in that region. The conflict has already caused more than 4,000 deaths (data from The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project) and at least one million displaced people, according to an assessment made by the Mozambican authorities.


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