UNICEF Madagascar’s Let Us Learn program focuses on investing in education as an important step toward creating a more equitable society where boys and girls have equal opportunities to thrive. Since the start of the program in 2011, more than 350,000 children and families have benefitted from Let Us Learn Madagascar.
UNICEF partner Zonta International has supported the Let Us Learn program since 2016, enabling UNICEF to expand this important education initiative, addressing major issues facing Madagascar’s most disadvantaged children. The partnership has helped UNICEF reach thousands of Malagasy children with education support.
Let Us Learn Madagascar takes a system-strengthening approach to ensure lasting improvements in education in the country. In Madagascar, 1 in 4 children ages 6 to 10 does not attend primary school, and 1 in 3 children ages 11 to 14 does not attend secondary school.
Let Us Learn's priorities are to ensure that more children — particularly girls who are more likely than boys to drop out after primary school — have access to post-primary education and stay in school, and to ensure that Madagascar’s education system has the capacity to offer quality teaching for enhanced learning outcomes.
In past years the program has provided:
scholarships and cash transfers to help cover school fees
catch-up classes for kids who were out of school due to COVID-19 or other crises
support for construction of new classrooms and other facility improvements to schools in need
teacher training in child protection
bicycles as a means of transport for girls who live too far away to walk to school
canoes for students whose daily commute includes crossing a river
dormitory accommodations for girls who need a place to stay in order to complete their studies