A beauty pageant at the service of education
Her name is Binguira Valérie Anna, 20. Miss Madagascar 2019, she made another commitment in her life to advocate for children’s education in Analanjirofo.
Over the past six months, she has been in the limelight for her win of the "Miss Madagascar" competition in 2019. Since then, she has become an ambassador for Madagascar in the tourism field. Along with this, she made another commitment in her life to advocate for children’s education; a cause that is very near and dear to her heart.
To better understand the reasons for Miss Madagascar’s commitment to education, we delved into her roots. Three months after her birth, Valérie's parents got separated; ever since, she has been living with her mother.
Originally from Manompana in the Analanjirofo region, Valerie grew up and studied in Fenerive Est.
She was elected Miss Madagascar 2019 on December 1st, 2018. An advocacy initiative that she has taken upon herself is around sensitizing parents to sending their children to school while also helping them recognize the importance of education to their children’s success. A Malagasy proverb defines education as the most valuable treasure. "Ny fianarana no lova tsara indrindra"
A great initiative that has been established is the refresher course which allow students to be up to par to their counterparts as this provides them with a second chance to catch up, but also allows access for those who do not have enough money to pay school fees.
“This can help many young people find the right path for a better future” says Valérie Anne Binguira.
"If I did not attend school, I would not have been able to participate in this competition"
In Analanjirofo, the Regional Departement for Education has decided to celebrate women who are taking the refresher courses during the International Women's Day ceremony (Three School Circumscriptions - Ciscos). It is evident that Miss Binguira Valerie Anna is recognized as someone who is making a difference which is why she was invited to honor the ceremony but also to reiterate her commitment to the children of Analanjirofo. "If I did not attend school, I would not have been able to participate in this competition".
Valérie Anne Binguira still has multiple ambitions which include but are not limited to, wanting to travel all over Madagascar to visit schools in which she could distribute school supplies and build a school in an area that does not have one. "In the future, I would also like to encourage reforestation and install some garbage bins," says the girl who hopes to change Madagascar one day.
In the Analanjirofo, 150 secondary schools out of 167 public schools provide catch up classes at covering 400 schools. This is a good initiative to strengthen promotion of education among communities who tend to neglect children’s right to education.