Our project with Manambaro Lycee, a high school in Madagascar, will double its classroom capacity, improve access to clean water and introduce latrine facilities at the school. The construction of a second brick and concrete building will mean the school no longer have to turn away over 500 students each year due to lack of classroom space, while improved sanitation will mean pupils no longer have to drink from a pool and defecate in the open.
In the Anosy Region, one of the least developed parts of Madagascar, 73% of the population are illiterate, which means that employment opportunities go to better-educated workers from elsewhere in the country. To exacerbate the problem, few people from the region gain sufficient schooling to become fully qualified teachers, perpetuating the cycle of inadequate education and poverty.
We will build two new classrooms on site at Manambaro Lycee to join the two built in our previous phase, giving access to a full day of school in appropriate facilities for an additional 80 students, helping the school's current capacity problems. SEED Madagascar will also build another latrine block to join the latrine and well built previously, which by improving the school's sanitation will reduce the number of days students have to take off for illnesses such as diarrhoea.
Increasing the school's capacity will benefit 2,500 high school students over the next 10 years and as a result of their enhanced education and employability this will further benefit around 12,500 members of their households. The increased numbers of individuals completing high school is in turn expected to build human capacity, drive development across the south of Anosy and thus help alleviate poverty in the region.