About 90 percent of Madagascar’s population lives on less than US$2 per day, leaving children particularly vulnerable. Aside from endemic poverty, Madagascar is prone to natural disasters, which further impede economic growth of the agricultural economy and make it even more difficult to escape poverty and prioritize education for children.
More than a quarter of Madagascar’s children are excluded from formal education, and one out of three girls will become pregnant before the age of 18. Junior secondary school enrollment fees are prohibitively expensive for families, forcing parents to select one child to continue their education, often leaving girls behind.
UNICEF’s Let Us Learn is an integrated education program that is creating opportunities for vulnerable and excluded children, particularly girls, in Madagascar to realize their right to an education in a secure and protective environment. The project is focused on reaching out-of-school children, expanding girls’ education and improving quality outcomes for learners.
Read blog posts with updates, thoughts and reflections from an April 2019 visit to Let Us Learn Madagascar project sites in southern Madagascar.
How Zonta helps
From 2016-2018, Zonta International contributed US$1,000,000 to UNICEF USA to support the Let Us Learn project. In July 2018, Zonta committed an additional US$1,000,000 to continue its support of Let Us Learn Madagascar through 2020.
- Approximately 200 children will benefit from newly constructed and equipped classrooms.
- 500 households will be reached with conditional cash transfers.
- 300 out-of-school girls will be reintegrated into school after attending catch-up classes.
- Girls will benefit from menstrual hygiene management services.
- 960 at-risk girls and victims of violence and exploitation in schools and communities will benefit from either medical, legal or social support through a referral mechanism.
- 135 school directors will be trained, benefiting 41,516 children, of whom 21,006 are girls.
Read more about the progress and achievements of this successful partnership between UNICEF USA and Zonta International and plans for the next two years.