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A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana

by Zahana
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A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana
A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana

Summary

We started this project to create an environment for learning and in cooperation with the community the school was successfully built (see video above). The brick and mortar part of building the school was exciting and new, but just the beginning. Maintaining a school means training and paying the teachers, school gardens (and tree nursery since 2019), and providing food for our students. It makes 'having a school' an ongoing financial commitment for years to come for Zahana and the community.

$55,000
total goal
$17,554
remaining
198
donors
0
monthly donors
2
fundraisers
10
years

Challenge

Raising a physical building was the first step with a great sense of accomplishment for the whole village. Zahana, rooted in our participatory approach, paid for materials out of the villagers' reach (doors, roofing iron, nails, cement, etc.). The community contributed labor and bricks. Next Zahana hired and trained teachers for all students. Our gardener teaches agriculture though school gardens and the tree seddlings nursery. These costs to keep our school running are Zahana's responsibility.

Solution

Their children's school was the community's highest priority. Only once a school is built the real work of providing education for years to come truly starts. Paying the teachers and a part of the gardener's salary, providing school supplies and offering a daily school lunch remains an ongoing challenge in a community too poor to cover these costs themselves. Hence we keep this project going and hope for your continuing support.

Long-Term Impact

Education is the key for a better future for all their children. Having teachers work and live in their community can assure that goal. After attending five years of primary school, our students may participate in a national test, the CEPE to qualify for secondary school. The secondary school is an hours walk away in the next bigger village. Zahana's envisions to broaden the scope of a 'school for children' to a 'rural university' that becomes an educational reality for all, adults and children.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

https:/​/​zahana.org
More about the village of Fiarenana
Participatory Approach of Building a School
Zahana's main website
Building a school in Madagascar on YouTube

Organization Information

Zahana

Location: Antananarivo, Capital - Madagascar
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @zahana
Project Leader:
Markus Faigle
Volunteer
Honolulu, HI United States

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