Young celebrities pledge to support the access to education of their peers

Five young celebrities from the capital came to meet the teenagers benefiting from the Let Us Learn (LUL) program in the Boeny and Analanjirofo regions.

Abela RALAIVITA
Photo de groupe entre les jeunes beneficiaires LUL et les jeunes roles modeles
UNICEF Madagascar/2018/Ralaivita
14 August 2018

Five young celebrities from the capital came to meet the teenagers benefiting from the Let Us Learn (LUL) program in the Boeny and Analanjirofo regions. These meetings were organized by UNICEF Madagascar and its partners as part of the promotion of the program and with the aim of helping young people living in rural and disadvantaged areas to continue their studies. By sharing their life experiences, successes and stories, the young celebrities offered hope to the local students. On the one hand, the discussions allowed the students to discover new experiences through the experiences of others and it also provided new sources of inspiration for their future.

I would like to become a pilot; and having talked with Mirado, who is a pilot himself, encouraged me to continue my studies to make my dream come true

Jimex, 14, a student at Tsararano Middle School
UNICEF Madagascar/2018/DDC

The super team of Mirado (singer / entrepreneur), Hantatiana (entrepreneur), Caylah (Slam poet), Joyce Mena Makoa (Rapper) and Henintsoa (Student) showed its commitment to help their peers. "A pirogue crossing, almost four hours of walking in the rain and sun, in the mud and through the forest to go to Ambatoharanana Lower Secondary School, we have done it for you, for us, for every child to give them a better future " Caylah says on social media, inspiring thousands of reactions on social networks.

The Let Us Learn Program

The educational system in Madagascar has been severely hampered by extreme poverty, with problems related to both access and quality. In terms of access, more than a quarter of Malagasy children are currently excluded from formal education programs. One in three girls become pregnant before they turn eighteen, which complicates their education.

The integrated program for adolescents is a retention and prevention strategy. Indeed, the program creates opportunities for vulnerable and excluded girls and boys to realize their rights to education in a safe and protective environment. The program focuses on three pillars of equity: reaching out-of-school children, expanding girls' education, and improving quality outcomes for learners.

Currently implemented in seven regions (Vatovavy Fitovonany, Atsimo Andrefana, Boeny, Analanjirofo, Atsimo Atsinanana, Anosy and Androy), the Let Us Learn program is cost-effective, efficient and has a wide reach. For this program, in addition to the goals of direct education, child protection interventions are also needed to improve the prevention and response to child abuse and exploitation, including child protection. Sexual exploitation and child marriage.

UNICEF's “Young People's Agenda” reinforces strategies to ensure that every young person is in school, training or work before 2030, and discussions between young people are essential to making this strategy work, because they understand best the problems and aspirations of their generation. Malagasy youth have taken the lead to share,  to discover new horizons and explore new initiatives in the hope of a better future.