Tuesday, 17 November 2015

MfM launches Education4Life programme in collaboration with Adsum!

Hands up for 'Education4Life'! 

MfM is excited to announce a collaboration with the Northern Irish foundation Adsum to deliver a joint programme to 34 rural schools over the next three years. The new 'Education4Life' programme aims to improve the life prospects of Madagascar's children by enabling them to access a decent education, providing them with the thinking skills and practical knowledge required to support themselves and cope with societal challenges ahead. 

The 'Education4Life' programme is designed to help communities overcome the major obstacles to educational success for Malagasy children : 

  • Poor teaching from under-skilled and under-motivated teachers;
  • Total lack of teaching materials and resources; 
  • Hunger and consequent inability to concentrate or learn.
  • Absence from school due to illness;
  • Parental inability to pay school fees.

 Each participating school will benefit from:
  • Quality teacher training.
  • New teaching materials and a school resource library.
  • Training in improved sustainable food production techniques to encourage food security and improved child nutrition.
  • A new school kitchen garden providing food for school lunches and potentially a surplus to raise school funds.
  • A worm composting unit to ensure soil quality and provide a source of school income.
  • A new school canteen providing pupils with regular hot school meals made from garden produce.
  • Solar panels providing electricity, light and a source of school income
  • Improved sanitation facilities and the promotion of good hygiene practices.
  • Activities to engage with parents and help them face the challenge of meeting school costs.

We are looking forward to seeing a huge improvement in the learning opportunities of children in communities with schools built by MfM and Adsum. Over the next few years 'Education4life'  will be equipping thousands of children to climb out of poverty .