Zahana’s head teacher, “Paran” (phonetically spelled) has been with us now for almost 7 years.
Malagasy names are very long and full of meaning. Here is a short explanation from our team in Madagascar: the name of the teacher: RANDRIANAMELASOA Andriamparany fits to his job: ‘andrianamelasoa’ means 'the one living good things'. and ‘andriamparany’ means 'the last in the sibling', but as I know he has younger brothers and sisters; it was maybe the plan of his parents at the time that he might be the youngest of their children, when they gave him his name.
Paran was the first teacher Zahana successfully hired for the newly built school in Fiadanana in 2006. Trained as a primary school teacher, he moved there from another area. He took part in the intensive one month long training in the village, to prepare them (see website) to teach in an environment where there had never been a school before.
Since then he has become an indispensable community leader, who put down roots in the village, starting his family. He is currently the director of the Zahana school program, supervising and training our teacher in the other village and our two teacher’s assistants. Has also taken a leadership role in solar cooking with the students. In collaboration with our gardener he has successfully grown many vegetables with the students that greatly enrich their school food.
We also feel it is important to point out, that our children go to school six days a week and our teacher only have Sunday off. Since our children want to go and to spend time in school, being their teacher is an all day affair, except for the month of July when the school is officially closed for summer break. Despite his work schedule as a teacher, Paran has been able to plant so many trees over the years that he was nominated for the third place, having planted the most trees in his community in our reforestation efforts. He was honored with an award for his efforts during the visit of the Minister of Health to Zahana’s villages earlier this year.
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