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.
TEACHERS’ TRAINING 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!
Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus
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