Preschool programs boost African kids

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Twins Samuel and Pedro, 5-year-old orphans cared for by their grandmother, attend the Escolinha Comunitaria (community-based pre-school) in Guemulene Village in Xai Xai District of Mozambique.

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Eileen Burke for Save the Children

BOSTON — A new World Bank report released today shows that Save the Children's preschool program in Mozambique helps children in rural Africa thrive and has a positive ripple effect on their family, too.

“The study, rare in Africa, has thrown light on the possibilities that we in developing countries can explore to give our children a much better future," Mozambique's Minister of Education H.E. Zeferino Martins said in a press release today.

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    Children write on chalkboards at the preschool center on July 15, 2009, in Machalucuane, Mozambique. The village is located about 18 miles outside Xai Xai in the Gaza province in Mozambique. The villagers need to walk 7 miles to the nearest hospital and secondary school.

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    Per-Anders Pettersson / Reportage by Getty Images for Save the Children

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    Children write on chalkboards during a class in the primary school on July 15, 2009, in Machalucuane, Mozambique.

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    Per-Anders Pettersson / Reportage by Getty Images for Save the Children

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    Castero Joao, a 4-year-old orphan adopted by a community leader, writes on a chalkboard as the teacher Isabel looks on, in the primary school on July 15, 2009, in Machalucuane, Mozambique.

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    Per-Anders Pettersson / Reportage by Getty Images for Save the Children

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    Preschool children wash their hands at the Escolinha Comunitaria (community-based pre-school) in Guemulene Village in Xai Xai District of Mozambique. Private and governmental funding (PEPFAR/the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) paid for the start-up costs of establishing the preschool. American Idol funds from Idol Gives Back are covering the costs of building an additional classroom to accommodate more children.

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    Eileen Burke for Save the Children

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    The photo shows one of two preschool classrooms under construction in Mahuntsane Village of Manjacaze District in Mozambique. The preschools are funded by Idol Gives Back.

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    Eileen Burke for Save the Children

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    Daniel Manhique, 51, donates his time to build a preschool classroom in Mahuntsane Village of Manjacaze District in Mozambique on Mar. 12, 2008. The construction materials were purchased with Idol Gives Back funding.

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    Eileen Burke for Save the Children

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    Aventina, a teacher, works with children during a class in the primary school on July 15, 2009, in Machalucuane, Mozambique.

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    Per-Anders Pettersson / Reportage by Getty Images for Save the Children

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    Children play in the newly built "Idol Gives Back" playground supported by Save the Children in Machalucuane, Mozambique on July 15, 2009.

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    Per-Anders Pettersson / Reportage by Getty Images for Save the Children

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    Children play in the newly built playground on July 15, 2009, in Machalucuane, Mozambique.

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    Per-Anders Pettersson / Reportage by Getty Images for Save the Children

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    Amelia and Elisa, both age 5, play with Save the Children Community Development Agent Domingos Mahangue in Mahuntsane Village of Manjacaze District in Mozambique.

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    Eileen Burke for Save the Children

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    Twins Samuel and Pedro, 5-year-old orphans cared for by their grandmother, attend the Escolinha Comunitaria (community-based pre-school) in Guemulene Village in Xai Xai District of Mozambique.

    Credit:

    Eileen Burke for Save the Children