Madagascar: Education Support For Girls
UNICEF Madagascar’s Let Us Learn program has been the only program tackling the issue of equity and innovations explicitly addressing girls’ education at the post-primary level. UNICEF Madagascar is now fully engaged with the Ministry of National Education (MNE) who shares the common vision that investing in education for girls is an entry point to addressing barriers to equity and a means to improving the overall social sector statistics of the country.
Let Us Learn is working to replicate successful initiatives and scale-up good practices in an effort to give every last child his or her right to a quality education. Let Us Learn in Madagascar plans to maintain the original goals of the three pillars of LUL:
- Out-Of-School Children (OOSC)
- Girls Education
- Education Quality
For Phase II, Let Us Learn Madagascar will expand its program to include primary and move from a project-based to a system’s strengthening approach adapting to national priorities within UNICEF’s mandate. As in Phase I, the program will remain flexible with a yearly review to adjust the program to guarantee the maximum impact on adolescent girls’ education.
Some key achievements from Phase I include:
- 3,013 scholarships were allocated to qualifying girls in the 2013/2014 school year.
- 357 girls over the three years have used the bicycles as means of transport.
- 379 girls over the three years benefitted from eight canoes in areas where students needed to cross the river to go to school and this has benefitted both boys and girls.
- All 14 dormitories were fully equipped for the start of the 2013/2014 school year responding to the demand for secured accommodation for a total of 230 girls.
- 12 classrooms were constructed and an additional 12 more under construction to meet the demands for lack of junior secondary school classrooms.
However, the plight of adolescent girls in the country and the need for a better and strong emphasis on sustained and scalable solutions which would be best achieved through an intersectoral approach. Additional resources are needed in Madagascar to adapt the program to the current post-crisis country context to meet the needs of the most vulnerable girls.