Madagascar

According to UNICEF, primary school attendance in Madagascar saw a rapid surge between 2001 and 2008, where the number of children going to school doubled to more than 4 million. The country was on track to achieve major global milestones in the field of education when the 2009 political crisis shook the country. Since then, Madagascar has seen an alarming decrease of overall performance to the point which the system currently fights to maintain its annual functionality. (UNICEF).

Background

With the increase in school attendance observed since the start of 2000s, and the diminution of the resources allocated to education following the 2009 crisis, the schools strive to find equipments and books on their own to respond to the needs and expectations of teachers and students. Additionally, despite the increase in the number of children in schools, the dropout rates remain high. Thus, these children have a need for academic zones that motivate them to return to school and bring them support to find jobs afterwards.

Our Approach

In order to promote the development of reading habits in Madagascar to boost the access to education and training of especially the youth, Libraries Without Borders (BSF) has worked with its partners to create small libraries.

Our Work in Madagascar


Supporting the Creation of Six Small Libraries in Antsohihy

Objective

Education & Cultural Diversity


Start date


Status

Closed


CONTEXT

Many students attend the schools of the Antsohihy region of northwest Madagascar. Supported by the Madagascar Mutual Aid Association, these schools presently service 1102 primary and 1150 secondary school pupils in Antsohihy. They are distributed as follows: 710 pupils at three sites in Analalava, 2100 pupils in Bealanana and 180 pupils in Antaimoara.

These establishments desperately lack the material and books needed to respond to the pedagogical needs of teachers and students alike.

LWB has supported the creation of small school libraries in these establishments through the targeted donation of books and by training the teachers responsible for running the libraries.

OBJECTIVES

  • To encourage access to education and training.
  • To support the development of reading among young people in Madagascar.
  • To support the organization of the Malagasy book supply chain.

ACTIONS

  • Targeted collection and contribution of 2500 books.
  • Purchase of Malagasy books on site.
  • Provision of library materials and equipment.
  • Training of the library staff.

BENEFICIARIES

The 5242 pupils in the school network of the Antsohihy region.

WITH SUPPORT FROM

Madagascar Mutual Aid Association

Libraries for At-Risk Youth in Antananarivo

Objective

Education & Cultural Diversity


Start date


Status

Closed


BACKGROUND

The Graines de Bitume Association has created two centers for the street children of Antananarivo. The objective of these spaces is to promote education among these children and help them to choose a career.

The creation of library spaces is part of the centers’ educational approach and responds to the following requirements:

  • Encouraging school attendance and training among these young people in the best conditions.
  • Participating in their cultural enrichment.

OBJECTIVES

  • Promotion of reading among young people in Madagascar.
  • Assisting the reintegration of at-risk young Madagascans.
  • Supporting the local book supply chain and the local initiatives in the area of education and access to books via the training program.

ACTIONS

  • Targeted collection and delivery of 2500 books.
  • Purchase of 200 books published in Madagascar.
  • Donation of library and computer material.
  • Computerization of catalogs and creation of a network joining the two libraries.
  • Training of library staff in how to run a library.

BENEFICIARIES

  • The street children of Antananarivo who frequent the Graines de Bitume Association (around 200 young people in 2009) and their families.
  • Library staff and volunteers.

WITH SUPPORT FROM

Graines de Bitume Association