About Madagascar Educational Opportunities
Students from the countryside face considerable challenges.
- Business Insider ranks Madagascar as the ninth poorest nation in the world, with an average per capita GDP of less than $1,000.00.
- On average, rural students are poorer than their counterparts in cities.
- Schools in the countryside tend to receive less funding and have a lower standard of education than those in bigger cities.
- Small villages generally do not have high schools, so students seeking a secondary education must move to a larger town in order to study at the high school level.
- Many times, students must subsidize their teachers salaries to attend class.
- As with many developing countries, females usually must bear domestic responsibilities in addition to their workloads, making it more difficult to devote time to education.
How we are helping
- We facilitate the high school education of students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to study at the high school level.
- We select students based upon their level of need and
their past academic performance.
- Each student, along with a parent or guardian, commits to completing high school. We commit to providing a small living stipend in addition to school fees and supplies.
- Students must maintain passing grades to remain in the program.
- We aim to empower girls by ensuring that at
least fifty percent of our students are female.
- During our second year, we began providing
tutoring to our students and saw noticeable
improvements in performance.
What the students have to say:
Where we are
How we spend our funds
- All of our directors are volunteers. 100% of our funds go to program expenses in Madagascar.
- More than 50% of our budget is provided directly to the students in the form of school fees, stipends, and supplies
- Only ten percent of our budget goes to overhead costs.
- Remaining major budget expenses include other support services such as tutoring as well as payment to a fieldworker and accountant who administer our program.