Construction on the new school
Despite 63% of children completing primary school, only 35.5% of children in Madagascar graduate from lower secondary school. These issues are amplified in rural schools across Madagascar’s Anosy region, where over half of children aged six to ten years have never attended school. Moreover, 6,900 Malagasy children die annually from water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) related diseases; insufficient WASH infrastructure within schools has contributed to the transmission of deadly diseases amongst children.
SEED’s Sekoly Programme aims to improve health and education in Madagascar’s rural Anosy region by providing education and WASH facilities for 430 students and 19 teachers annually through the Emagnevy Primary School and Mandiso Lower Secondary School. To provide clean water for drinking and handwashing, SEED will install a 10,000 litre capacity rainwater harvesting system- enough to provide two months’ worth of clean drinking water without replenishment. We will also repair the existing well at the site, providing clean drinking water for the wider community.
To complement this improved sanitation infrastructure, SEED will train 19 teachers across the two schools to deliver WASH education sessions. A committee of school staff and community leaders has been established at Emagnevy Primary School to manage WASH and education facilities in the long-term. WASH education training with committee members and teachers was delivered successfully in Emagnevy in November 2021.
The Emagnevy Primary School build is well underway, with the school scheduled to finish on time in February 2022. SEED plans to begin repairs on the existing classroom once the new building is full constructed, with a total of 70 desks and benches having been constructed. At Emagnevy, the construction of three gender-segregated ventilated improved pit latrines and one MHM facility has begun, which will improve safe sanitation access for 350 students and 10 teachers. At its completion, 185 students will be enabled to attend school on a fulltime basis.