If you want to immigrate to Mozambique and have a family, one of the biggest headaches are finding the perfect school for your children. They will be the ones to experience a cultural shock the most, since they will be in a school with learners from all over the planet that speaks different languages.
Luckily, you can now find a school that can accommodate the needs of your child and make this transition as comfortable and easy as possible for them.
You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Mozambique. This list includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools for you to find the right school to prepare for the International Baccalaureate and other accreditation in Mozambique. Schools may follow the American or British curriculum with an English speaking program while others run under the French language and system.
Education in Mozambique
Mozambique’s national public education system is supplemented by several international educational programs and initiatives. Education is compulsory for the introductory seven years. While literacy is improving, it currently stands at about 50% with twice as man male students as female. These numbers are effected by literacy only counting in Portuguese and English, not the many native languages. Portuguese is the exclusive medium of instruction with English offered as a compulsory subject at the secondary level.
International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Mozambique. International schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam.
There is usually local population, as well as an international student body. Schools may follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, etc. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English. Schools also provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.
Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.
Accreditation & Membership
- Council of International Schools (CoIS) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools.
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) is an American accrediting association for schools around the world.
- Association of International Schools of Africa (AISA) represents the interests of international schools on the continent of Africa.
Below is the list of international schools in Mozambique.
International School in Maputo
American International School of Mozambique (AISM)
IB World School that operates a private, co-educational school for international students in English. The school is divided into early learning, primary school, middle school and high school and provides US-style college preparatory courses. AISM is recognized and supported by the US State Department Office of Overseas Schools and accredited by the MSA. It offers the Diploma Program of the International Baccalaureate, a Middle Year Program as well as a Primary Year Program.
Maputo International School (MIS)
Founded in 1975, this school caters to expatriate and Mozambique families. A member of AISA, it has the British National Curriculum from reception to graduation. In Key Stages 4 and 5, MIS prepares students to write examinations set by the Cambridge International Examinations Board (CIE).
Willow International School
A reception to grade 12 college preparatory international school. Instruction is in English (with additional courses in Portuguese) and follows the Mozambican curricula with elements of the Cambridge system. Graduates can earn both Cambridge and national certificates.
Grandeur International School
An English language international school with a curriculum for toddlers to Grade VI based on the Calvert Curriculum of Maryland, Baltimore, U.S.A. The High School Department uses the Cambridge curriculum.
Chimoio International School (CIS)
English-language school that accommodates learners from nursery to grade 13 and teaches with the Cambridge Curriculum. Boarding facilities are available.
Enko Riverside International School
Enko Riverside is an International school covering form 1 to upper 6th. Cambridge’s world class curriculum’s are taught up to form 5 and lead to the International Baccalaureate diploma programme in lower 6th and upper 6th. The programme is taught in English and admissions are based on an entrance test.
There are also quite a few French International Schools in Maputo that you can contact if you are in need of a French teaching school. The above mentioned are only schools in Maputo, please note that there are a lot of International Schools in other regions of Mozambique as well.
Do not let the fear of finding the perfect school for your child be the reason you hesitate to immigrate, your family is welcome in Mozambique. Contact us today if you need any immigration assistance.
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By Angelique Wernich