HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS
8 OF OUR BURSARY STUDENTS AT CASA PASQUALE IN MAHERIVARATRA
In Madagascar, only one in four children (26%) complete lower secondary education and only one in six children (15%) complete high school (UNICEF data for 2018). These national average percentages are even lower in rural areas, as poverty is more widespread, and high schools, which are usually located in urban areas, are less accessible to rural children.
Attending high school and obtaining a high school diploma is particularly important for girls, who in this way can not only gain access to a set of professional paths, but also have higher chances to avoid an early marriage or pregnancy.
For these reasons, in 2020 Boky Mamiko decided to offer students from rural villages near Ambanja scholarships to attend high school. These scholarships include school fees, food and lodging, school uniforms and appliances, transport costs and medical assistance. In some cases, where full-board accommodation is not available, the scholarship includes school fees only.
Sixteen high school students are currently receiving a scholarship from Boky Mamiko (10 full-board and 6 school fees only). Eight of them are lodged in Casa Pasquale, a hostel in Maherivaratra (near Ambanja), where they attend the Saint Joseph school nearby. Other students attend the SE.VE.MA. high school in Ambanja.
We are in regular contact with the high school directors, who send us our students' school reports every term, as well as with the hostel director and with a local nurse. This scholarship program is run in collaboration with the French NGO Docenda. If you wish to sponsor a scholarship for a Malagasy high school student, you can check the donation page and contact us by email.
INTERVIEW WITH ESMERALDA AND GILBERTO, BOKY MAMIKO'S HIGH SCHOOL BURSARY STUDENTS