Over 600,000 secondary school students will be able to learn for themselves with the new self-learning booklets
Antananarivo, May 11, 2020 - In order to limit disruption and allow children to continue learning safely, the Ministry of National Education, Technical and Vocational Education with the support of UNICEF has produced individual booklets relating to three basic subjects (Malagasy, Mathematics and French). Designed for self-learning, these booklets including course summaries, exercises and devices for assessing student achievement through self-correcting quizzes, will help students of 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade learn by themselves from home. They will be distributed to 636,000 students from public secondary schools in Madagascar.
The first distribution was launched today at the Ambanitsena general secondary school in the presence of the Minister of National Education, Technical and Vocational Education (MENETP).
The production and distribution of these booklets were made possible through funding from UNICEF.
They will be dispatched to school districts (“CISCO”), which will be in charge of the distribution to schools with the collaboration of educational communities, in particular with the help of heads of schools and local radios, 9th grade teachers and students who already work in class, for facilitating communication with those who are under lockdown.
"Since the interruption of classes due to lockdown, the MENETP has not stopped looking for solutions to allow students enhance their learning, to train themselves though exercises and to improve their knowledge. Among the initiatives taken by the Ministry is the production of radio and television programs, including the program “kilasy for all” which is broadcast on a few local and national television channels… These booklets come at the very appropriate time since they will improve students’ self-learning,” said Minister ANDRIAMANANA Rijasoa, who thanked UNICEF for its support.
"Education is one of the fundamental rights for children. We know that the longer children stay out of school, the less they are likely to return to school. However, we have to ensure that all conditions are met before re-opening schools safely, "said Jean Benoit Manhes, UNICEF’s Deputy Representative in Madagascar.
This initiative is part of the national strategy to respond to COVID 19 in the field of education.
UNICEF’s support aims to strengthen the use of multiple channels for the delivery of distance learning to support learning for most vulnerable children who do not have access to digital or media resources. UNICEF also supports increased support for teachers, parents and care-givers who facilitate distance education and help schools protect children and their communities by providing them with school sanitation materials and vital information on handwashing and other hygiene rules.
In Madagascar, 7 million students (from preschool to class of final year for general education) have been affected by school closures for several weeks. These students include 900,000 preschool students, 4,650,000 primary school students, 1,100,000 middle school students, 362,748 high school students in general education and 70,000 high school students in technical and vocational education. A total of 248,000 teachers also experienced an interrupted school year.
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