Livro Aberto is a literacy organization opening books and doors for children in Mozambique. Livro Aberto provides not only books, but expert literacy workshops modeling and supporting the skills requisite for success in reading and writing.
It has been repeatedly demonstrated that most Mozambican children have limited access to reading materials and literacy role models within their homes. Most Mozambican children are challenged by speaking a home language that is different to the language used in school. This creates a situation in which children are expected to learn academic concepts and to read and to write, through a language that they are not proficient in.
Livro Aberto serves to overcome these barriers, and ultimately foster a culture of reading for pleasure by providing access to quality literacy models, materials, and learning experiences in multiple languages.
We aim to bring empowerment and enjoyment through literacy to children throughout the country, through community and mobile libraries and literacy workshops.
We believe that books, and the empowerment and enjoyment that comes through literacy, should be a part of everyone's world. Our vision is of a reading culture in Mozambique, where all children have access to the skills and resources to successfully gain enjoyment and strength through literacy.
Livro Aberto is working hard to bring literacy workshops and library experiences to children from all cultures, environments, and language/literacy levels living in Mozambique. Furthermore, we believe that by enabling adults to read, the culture for reading within homes will grow. Adults who are empowered through literacy encourage their children to learn and learn to read, breaking the cycle of poverty that illiteracy perpetuates. For these reasons, the provision of adult language and literacy courses accessible to Mozambican adults, especially women, is a key part of Livro Aberto’s mission.
Livro Aberto has the vision, expertise, tools, and community support to enable the children and adults in Mozambique access to books and empowerment through literacy.