On 1st September, Madagascar kicked off their new academic year. For the first time since the project started, both Community and Learning Centers launched the year offering all classes from Kindergarten through to Grade 12. In 2023, our first Grade 12 class at Itaosy will sit for their senior national exam called the Baccalaureate.
These are the days we all dreamed of.
It’s not that long ago that the site where the Anosibe school is now located was nothing more than a swampy paddock, where zebu roamed free and waterlilies bloomed in excess.
The church community meeting next door had been praying for a school for years. Being one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the city, it seemed far-fetched to believe for something so impossible. But something was in the works.
On one of the first visits the Australian Executive made to Madagascar in 2004, the team recalls fondly standing on the back deck of the church hall, looking at the farmland and being challenged to see what the locals saw in their hearts. There was an undeniable sense that this was going to happen. And an international partnership was forged.
Fast-forward a decade, and not only does CLC Anosibe stand like a beacon of hope in its community, but CLC Itaosy has opened its doors and is ever expanding. Both sites are fully operational, offering affordable and culturally-sensitive education to the children of these neighbourhoods.
While construction continues on both sites to finalise and furnish buildings for safety and maximum efficiency, the end is in sight.
Our 21-year project will draw to a close in 2025 and we are excited to hand over a sustainable education model that can be replicated in neighbourhoods and communities all over the nation.
From day one, the project has been about one thing: Releasing the potential of a nation. We’ve always believed education is the tool, and our schools, the vehicle.
As we look to the future, we do our best to never despise the day of small beginnings. Even the biggest and wildest dreams must start somewhere!