SUPPORTING CHILDREN'S LEARNING IN MADAGASCAR
GOAL 2: CREATING EMPLOYMENT
STORYA. THE LIBRARIAN OF THE BOKY MAMIKO LIBRARY IN DJANGOA
THE TEACHERS OF THE MAMIKO SCHOOL IN DJANGOA
We strongly believe that our project can only be sustainable if it is radicated into the local community. This means our project should not only be welcomed by the local people, but it should eventually be run directly by them. Moreover, given that the lack of employment is a main issue in Madagascar (as in most developing countries), we put a high priority on the goal of creating local employment.
For these reasons, we trained a local woman to work as a librarian in the Boky Mamiko library throughout the school year. Now that our volunteers are back in Europe, she keeps the library open and reads stories to students every day.
We also support the Mamiko school in Djangoa and the Saint Laurent school in Beandrarezona to pay the salaries of some teachers. Our help is limited to the amount needed to close the gap between the revenues collected by the school through the school fees and the actual amount needed to pay all the teachers. This financial support has become more important since the COVID-19 pandemic, as families struggle even more to pay the school fees and in turn schools have difficulties to pay their teachers.
In addition to the teachers' salaries, during the three “hard months” (January to March) of the rain season, Boky Mamiko pays a salary to two local women employed as cooks in the canteen of the Mamiko school in Djangoa and the Saint Laurent school in Beandrarezona.
OUR COOK AT THE MAMIKO SCHOOL IN DJANGOA
OUR COOK AT THE SAINT LAURENT SCHOOL IN BEANDRAREZONA