Sekoly ("school" in Malagasy) is our education infrastructure programme, providing school facilities, classroom furniture, latrines, water sources and more to communities throughout the Anosy region. We've worked on more than 30 different building and repair projects at various school sites, with over 4,000 direct beneficiaries.
Madagascar has the world’s fifth highest number of out-of-school childrenUNICEF, 2018
For the children of Anosy, the likelihood that they will ever go to school is a 50/50 chance. For the 50% of children who do attend school, classrooms are often so overcrowded and teachers underqualified that learning anything is an everyday battle. Poor sanitation facilities at these schools also limit students’ achievements and every year Madagascar loses 3.5 million school days to diarrhoea.
We provide new schools to communities in need, add additional buildings to schools which are vastly oversubscribed, and refurbish schools which have fallen into disrepair. We also build latrines, wells and rainwater harvesting systems at schools to help improve student health and increase the likelihood that girls will attend school. We will continue to address school infrastructure needs for as long as there is funding available and a demand for improvements.
Almost all of the initial requests for our construction work originates from the communities themselves (the remainder come via educational authorities). Community members are not only central to the construction, supported by our construction team but are involved in all stages to ensure the suitability and sustainability of the school. Once construction is complete, we support the community to take on responsibility for the maintenance of the building.
In the Anosy region, 51.5% of 6-10 year olds having never attended school. This compares starkly to an already high national average of 20.3%UNICEF, 2018
Donors: Australian Aid; Bobasch-Joel Foundation; Bower Trust; Cumber Family Charitable Trust; Flamingo Foundation; The Fresh Leaf Charitable Foundation; The George Family; German Embassy in Madagascar; Guernsey; Hazel’s Footprints Trust; JP Morgan; Kulczyk Foundation; Nando Peretti Foundation; RanTek; Roger Vere Foundation; Renzo Piano Building Workshop; Silverado; Southall Trust; Supreme Master Ching Hai Intl. Association; Teneo; Trade Aid; True Volunteer Foundation (formerly Lifecycle); and many other smaller donors.