Play and learn: children’s agency through the COVID-19 pandemic in Mozambique

Marina Pastore*, Francesca Salvi

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Social distancing, one of the measures adopted in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, profoundly impacted on the lives of children. The consequences were however not homogenous. By focusing on the daily practices of 41 Mozambican children aged 3-10, we consider how differences in socioeconomic backgrounds led children to respond to the social restrictions in ways that made sense to them. Inspired by Abebe (2019), we identify how the interruptions of daily routines enabled specific instances of agency on children’s part. These, we argue, produce new forms of continuity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-287
Number of pages18
JournalChildren and Society
Issue number1
Early online date2 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • Mozambique
  • children
  • COVID-19
  • play
  • school
  • agency


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