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Education for all

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© UNICEF Madagascar/2009/Williams

Madagascar’s Education for All (EFA) Plan sets out a comprehensive map to improve the quality of, and access to, basic education, and forms the basis of UNICEF’s support for education.

To help reach the EFA objectives, UNICEF supports policy and strategy development at the national level such as curriculum and textbook development, in-service teacher training, and school construction.

UNICEF is playing a major role in maintaining international funding for the education sector, and in channeling this funding directly to schools and teachers to ensure that children are the direct beneficiaries.

At the local level, UNICEF is assisting communities in analysing problems and developing action plans to improve the school environment, addressing everything from infrastructure, water and sanitation to school materials and strengthening teachers’ capacity to meet children’s learning needs. In turn, these experiences inform UNICEF’s national level work.

Following Madagascar’s political crisis of 2009, UNICEF’s role in education has become even more important. Increased vulnerability at the community level combined with a reduction in funds for education has challenged UNICEF and other partners to help maintain the achievements of the past decade and ensure continued progress towards EFA.

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© UNICEF Madagascar/2009
Five year old Sabrina at her pre-school in Soavinandriana, Itasy. Less than 10 percent of pre-school age children in Madagascar attend early learning centres that would help prepare them for primary school.

In addition to regular education activities, UNICEF's education budget contributes to the payment of community-teacher salaries and school grants to vulnerable schools - ensuring that more children can stay in school for longer.

In line with the government’s objective to double the number of children enrolled in post-primary education, UNICEF is working with partners to achieve a 100 percent increase in the number of girls in post-primary education. These efforts are focused on target districts where there is a large gender gap. This programme component harnesses local partnerships to help improve primary to secondary transition rates, to raise secondary school retention rates, and to support girls from lower income brackets.





Regional perspective

Read more about UNICEF's work to improve access to quality education for some of Eastern and Southern Africa most excluded children. 

'Promoting Quality Education for Orphans and Vulnerable Children.'

United Nations Girls' Education Initiative


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