Cabo Delgado: US funds construction of secondary school for 4,100 students in Pemba

The United States of America (USA) has announced funding for the construction of a secondary school with capacity for 4,100 students, including displaced people, in the city of Pemba, the capital of Cabo Delgado province.

"We have officially started the construction of a secondary school that will give 4,100 students access to education every year," said the US ambassador to Mozambique, Peter Vrooman, who was speaking during the laying of the foundation stone for the construction of the infrastructure in the Maringanha neighborhood in the city of Pemba.

"We are committed to improving and strengthening the education sector in Cabo Delgado province and supporting the return of more Mozambican children to school," said Vrooman, quoted by Lusa.

According to the US, the action is part of efforts to rebuild critical infrastructure destroyed in the context of armed violence by armed groups in Cabo Delgado province since October 2017.

The future secondary school will have 30 classrooms, four blocks and administrative and recreational spaces.

"The district of Pemba has been one of the most welcoming [to people displaced by the war], and currently has around 10,000 internally displaced students," said the Minister of Education and Human Rights, Carmelita Namashulua, adding that two more secondary schools will be built this year in Cabo Delgado province, as part of a plan to build 27 schools of this level throughout the country.

Carmelita Namashulua said that the armed groups had destroyed 104 schools in Cabo Delgado province.

The province has been facing an armed insurgency for five years, with some attacks claimed by the extremist group Islamic State.

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