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Project Sekoly

Our school-building and maintenance project tackling the urgent need for more schools in the Anosy Region.

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

UNICEF, 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.

Project Sekoly is our school construction project that aims to provide safe, suitable and comfortable school infrastructure to communities in need. We provide new schools to communities in need, add additional buildings to schools which are vastly oversubscribed, and refurbishes 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.