Schools for Africa
UNICEF has worked in Madagascar since 1988, partnering closely with government and other agencies in a proactive and sustainable approach. During this time, UNICEF has become the national advocate for children. UNICEF Madagascar’s continued leadership role in the design, implementation and scale-up of education programmes ensures children are accessing education and learning. UNICEF co-led the development of the 2018–2022 Education Sector Plan, a national commitment with government on education. Since 2012, 40,000 primary and secondary school teachers have been trained, benefiting over 2 million children with quality learning. In 2017, UNICEF advocated for an increase in the number of mandatory years of education from five to nine and re-organized the school calendar around the agricultural season to increase access to school, attendance and retention. Between 2012 and 2017, UNICEF and partners halved the number of out-of-school children (from 1.7 million to just over 900,000), through catch-up classes for out-of-school children and cash transfers to families to reduce financial burdens and keep children in school. Finally, UNICEF provided immediate assistance through the construction of temporary learning spaces, provided supplies and teaching materials, and built cyclone-proof classrooms to ensure a learning space remains available during the annual cyclone season that regularly damages schools.