Reducing school dropout in Madagascar
In Madagascar, hundreds of thousands of children drop out of school every year, with only 10% of the population attending secondary school and a mere 3% entering higher education. IECD and the Malagasy non-profit organisation PROMES are working to reduce school drop-out rates in rural communities by establishing academic support centres that offer individual guidance to students for their academic and extracurricular activities. We supported three centres in the Fianarantsoa region to assist 360 pupils over three years.
Education levels in Madagascar are among the lowest in the world, with children receiving an average of around only four years of schooling. In rural communities, just 19% of educated children go on to secondary school (compared with 37% in urban areas), and only 1% of them obtain a baccalaureate.
Since 2006, IECD and the Malagasy non-profit organisation PROMES have been working to reduce school drop-out rates in rural communities by establishing academic support centres.
Providing academic support, extracurricular activities, boarding school options and individual guidance, these centres empower pupils to improve their learning skills and fulfil their potential both personally and intellectually.
For the past three years, we have supported three academic support centres, located in Alakmisy-Itenina, Isorana and Alakmisy-Ambohimanan.
- 360 pupils received personal guidance, learnt to work independently and gained the requisite competence in languages, science and literature
- 80% of them successfully passed their lower secondary school exams (BEPC) against a national average of 53%
- 45 lower secondary school teachers in partner schools improved the quality of their teaching to the benefit of a total of 9,000 pupils
IECD support centres create a flourishing educational environment in extremely underserved areas, building a strong academic and emotional foundation on which pupils can build a life of learning. We’re consequently extending our support of IECD for a further three years.