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Project Sekoly

Insufficient educational infrastructure is a symptom of Madagascar’s severe underdevelopment; there are simply not enough classrooms in Madagascar to provide education for all children. With over 1,300,000 primary-age children – 60% of this age group – not enrolled in school1,  and falling investment in school infrastructure, Madagascar’s education system is facing a crisis. Yet, with the population growing at a rate of 2.8% a year2, education is vital for unlocking a prosperous future for the most vulnerable children.

School attendance is further prevented by the prevalence of illnesses stemming from poor water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) conditions, which kill 6,900 Malagasy children annually3. Whilst school WASH services have been proven to improve education4, the insufficient, or even non-existent, WASH infrastructure in Madagascar’s schools contributes to disease transmission and deteriorating learning outcomes5

These challenges are amplified in Madagascar’s southeast Anosy region, an isolated and impoverished region where half of 6-10-year olds have never attended school6. With a staggering 97% of Anosy’s population lacking access to basic sanitation7, both at home and in school, children’s right to high-quality education is greatly compromised.

Through Project Sekoly, SEED Madagascar tackles this shortfall by building new schools, repairing existing buildings, providing furniture and WASH facilities – including latrines, clean water sources, and menstrual hygiene management amenities – and supporting teachers to deliver WASH education. To ensure that our projects have a lasting impact on education and health in Madagascar, SEED trains teachers to deliver five key lessons on good WASH practice to students and establishes local committees responsible for managing and maintaining new infrastructure.

To address the impact of low teacher retention rates and pupil absenteeism on the quality and quantity of the education that children receive, SEED supports teachers through provision of housing facilities and supplementary livelihoods, and fosters parental engagement with schools and their children's education. SEED seeks to engage communities as far as possible in school-build projects through extensive consultations with local groups during project planning and by employing locally-based casual construction staff, with whom SEED is working to develop a formalised training structure that will accredit the skills learned on site by workers. In addition, SEED provides fruit and moringa trees in school grounds which serve as a source of nutrition to the school community.

Madagascar has the world’s fifth highest number of out-of-school children

UNICEF, 2018

Recent Sekoly projects

To date, we've worked on more than 30 different building and repair projects at various school sites, with over 4,000 direct beneficiaries.

Mananara II EPP (Completed 2020)

  • Construction of a three-classroom school building, fully-furnished.
  • Construction of two three-cubicle latrine blocks, complete with menstrual hygiene management facilities.
  • Provision of a rainwater harvesting system.
  • WASH nudges.
  • WASH education training delivered to teachers.
  • Establishment and training of WASH infrastructure management committee.

Ranomafana Lycée (Completed 2020)

  • Construction of a three-classroom school building, fully-furnished.
  • Construction of an administrative office for the Head Teacher.
  • Construction of two three-cubicle latrine blocks, complete with menstrual hygiene management facilities.
  • Provision of a water pipe with three taps, providing access to running water.
  • WASH nudges.
  • WASH education training delivered to teachers.
  • Establishment and training of WASH infrastructure management committee.

Final report (July 2020)

Andramanaka EPP (Completed 2019)

  • Construction of a three-classroom school building, fully-furnished.
  • Construction of a latrine block, complete with menstrual hygiene management facilities.
  • Provision of a rainwater harvesting system.
  • WASH education training delivered to teachers.

Final report (December 2019)

Lanirano EPP (Completed 2019)

  • Construction of a two-classroom school building, fully furnished.
  • Construction of a three-cubicle latrine block.
  • WASH education training delivered to teachers.
  • Interactive WASH triggering and sensitisation session held for parents and teachers.
  • WASH nudges pilot.

Final report (January 2019)

Manambaro EPP (Completed 2018)

  • Construction of a two-classroom school building, fully furnished.
  • Construction of a three-cubicle latrine block.WASH education training delivered to teachers.

Final report (January 2019)

Upcoming Sekoly projects

  • WASH in Schools (Mahatalaky CEG & Vatambe EPP)
  • Tsagnoria EPP
  • Emagnevy EPP

Donors

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.


Citations

  1. UNICEF, (2019). Press release: 1,3000,000 children in Madagascar are not enrolled in pre-primary education. https://www.unicef.org/madagascar/en/press-releases/1300000-children-madagascar-are-not-enrolled-pre-primary-education Accessed 14/11/2019
  2. World Bank (2015) Madagascar: Systematic Country Diagnostic [online] Available at: http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/743291468188936832/pdf/99197-CAS-P151721-IDA-SecM2015-0168-IFC-SAecM2015-0123-Box393189B-OUO-9.pdf
  3. UNICEF and Government of Madagascar: Ministry of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, (2016). Investing in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Madagascar: The Business Case. [online] Available at: <https://www.unicef.org/esaro/Investment-Case-for-WASH-in-Madagascar-Summary-(2016).pdf>
  4. UNICEF Data, (2018). Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools: Global baseline report 2018. [online] Available at: <https://data.unicef.org/resources/wash-in-schools/>
  5. WHO and UNICEF, (2015). 25 years progress on sanitation and drinking water. [online] Available at: <http://www.wssinfo.org/fileadmin/user_upload/resources/JMP-Update-report-2015_English.pdf>
  6. INSTAT and UNICEF, (2018). Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, Madagascar 2018: Eau de boisson, assainissement et hygiène. Antananarivo, Madagascar : UNICEF and INSTAT.​​​​​​​
  7. Ibid.