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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.

Every child has a right to a quality education

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.

Meet Sylvania, 15, of Amboasary, Madagascar, a beneficiary of the Let Us Learn program.

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.

How UNICEF and partners are empowering girls through education

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

Learn more about Let Us Learn in other countries.

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