The official opening of the school in Fairenana was celebrated on March 4, 2010, although school already started in January after the completed teacher’s training. As you see in the photos the surroundings of the school have been planted with flowers and the environment has been beautified for the inauguration. A well was dug in the schoolyard. It is currently the only well that still has water in the village.
Malagasy celebrations traditionally feature official presentations as did ours with speeches by community representatives and Zahana, performances by the students and food. Congregating around the flagpole, in front of their school, the students sang and recited poems as part of the festivities. A meal for the entire community followed the official opening. It was served inside the school for the community leaders and for the children outside under the gazebo.
To celebrate the official school opening books were presented and donated to the community by Dr. Noro, one of the Zahana supporters. These books are now are the first library ever in the village of Fiarenana.
After the celebrations the community came together to dig the beds for the future school garden. These beds will be planted and tended by the students to provide vegetables and fruit for the school food in the future. In keeping with the idea of a rural university these beds can also be used to test new crops or new seeds in a more “playful” manner, without farmers having to commit their valuable land to test something new they might have never planted or seen before.
Please visit our website for more information and photos about the school.
Thank you for your support!
Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus
Our friends in Madagascar just returned Dec 22 from a site visit to the villages and we wanted to send you a short update on the latest Zahana events.
THE NEW SCHOOL IN FIARENENA
The school in Fiarenana, Zahana’s second, is to be completed soon by the community. The building was made a bit bigger than originally planned and a fourth window will be needed. The community has chosen January 17, 2010 for the official inauguration. But: we just learned that the parents and children decided to already attend school, despite the incomplete building, since the teacher is already living in their community. Early in the morning an eager child rings the bell around 7 am and all 55 children in the village rush to school. They stay there all day and are all taught by one teacher. While they go home for lunch, they come back in the afternoon. See our website for more information about the school.
Three teacher candidates have been selected by the communities and Zahana. Two teachers are for the school in Fiadanana and one for Fiarenana. All teachers attended a 3-week training with Zahana’s educational consultant in the village. The first week was taught in conjunction with the agricultural specialist and the remaining two focused on the school curriculum. In February or March (depending on the rainy season) another week of training in cooperation with the agricultural specialist will round out the teachers’ training.
We will put photos on our website as soon as we get them from Madagascar.
Happy Holidays and thank you for your support!
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Thank you for donating to Zahana during GlobalGiving’s “Give More Get More” Challenge. The community in building their school in Fiarenena. If you get a chance, please take a look at the slide show (link below). With the rainy season in full swing and the dirt roads hard to impossible to pass, we are not sure when the next site visit with photos will be possible, but thanks to cell phone technology we can stay in touch with Fairenana every week.
After the challenge the project will remain active on GlobalGiving’s website until it is funded, just without the extra bonus of a match. We hope you will consider Zahana for the coming holidays and tools such of the gift registry with GlobalGiving make it possible with a few clicks to tell your friends and family about it.
Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus
If you considered donating to Zahana again in this 2009 tax year, now (until Dec 1) might be a very good time.
This project building a school in Fiadanana was invited to join the Give More - Get More Challenge and GlobalGiving will match your contributions incrementally. (The link with more information is on the top part of the project web page.)
Please help us getting these matching funds. Please tell your friends and encourage them to give too.
The challenge details: November 10 to December 1 (but ends Dec 1 at 12:59 EST, not your time zone!)
Matches are staggered based on the amount we raise, or in other words: The more of the total amount of all donation we raise the bigger the match.
We raise up to $2,500: donations will be matched at 30%.
We raise $2,501 - $7,500: donations will be matched at 40%.
We raise more than $7,501: donations will be matched at 50%.
The three projects that raise the most money will receive additional bonuses of $5,000, $3,000, and $1,000. More details at the GlobalGiving Give more – Get more Website
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The village of Fiarenana is currently building their school literally brick by brick! The photos we got from Madagascar are amazing and we encourage you to visit our website’s link below to witness this truly community wide effort. (Pictures indeed tell more than a thousand words). Zahana is currently interviewing the new candidates for teachers. As soon as the right candidate has been found in consultation with community representatives, a teacher’s training will be conducted in the village for a month. In keeping with Zahana’s philosophy, the trainer from the capital will live and work in the teacher’s community, providing a truly tailor-made training.
Based on the community’s request, the educational specialist will not only focus on training the new teacher/s, but also provide an adult literacy class for the parents at the same time. The teacher will participate in this segment and learn skills for future adult education.
To learn more about the schools’ role in the community please and the ideas of a “rural university,” please see the pdf file under additional project documentation.
Hot off the digital press:
Zahana and its founder Dr. Ramihanataniarivo are features in the latest issue of the University of Hawaii Magazine Malamalama (Malamalama means 'the light of knowledge' in Hawaiian). We have included the link below.
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