A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana

by Zahana
Sep 28, 2010

Seven Daughters in Fiadanana's school

Seven sisters in the school in Fiadanana
Seven sisters in the school in Fiadanana

Aloha friends of Zahana,

Sometimes we get a photo we really like, such as this one (see below). Later we get a chance to talk with our partners in Madagascar and learn about a story we never imagined behind such a picture.

What you see: Seven beautiful sisters in the newly community built school in Fiarenana.

What we learned: The teacher told us that in this family with seven daughters, every day one of the girls is skipping school. Not attending school for any child being very unusual in Fiarenana, Zahana inquired with the parents. They explained that this is indeed the case. The reason being simple: While the parents are out in the fields working all day with the increasing help of the oldest daughter, somebody has to take care of the little one, not in school yet. Not to single out one child as a designated caretaker, they felt the fairest thing to do was to task a different daughter every day to be in charge of their little sister at home.

Best regards,

Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

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  • Pam
    Pam This is a very interesting picture. I'm happy the girls are rotating their shifts as the caretaker, rather than have one girl miss her vital schooling. It was also nice to see the community is so invested in attendance for all of the children, including the girls. Great report!
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