31.08.2017 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

UNESCO engages with Madagascar to support education in preparing and responding to disasters in the aftermath of typhoon ENAWO

English class in primary school, pupils, language, ©UNESCO

UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa was granted funds from the Education Cannot Wait Fund for emergency-support in Madagascar to support educational opportunities for children and youth in seven crisis affected countries: Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Madagascar, Peru, Uganda, Ukraine and Somalia.

This week, the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa was granted funds from the Education Cannot Wait fund for emergency-support in Madagascar. This is the first time UNESCO benefits from this fund in Africa. The fund was created to provide rapid response to the educational needs of children and youth affected by crises following the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016.

In April 2017, Education Cannot Wait announced a US$20 million investment in a so-called “First Response Window”. Funds were allocated to support educational opportunities for children and youth in seven crisis-affected countries: Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Madagascar, Peru, Uganda, Ukraine and Somalia. Madagascar received almost 500 000 USD for the education response in the aftermath of typhoon ENAWO.

In March 2017, the typhoon ENAWO left more than 3,900 classrooms damaged and 2,300 totally destroyed on Madagascar. 120,000 children were deprived of school facilities. About 57 per cent of all classrooms in the worst hit region of Sava have been destroyed.

The typhoon added to an already precarious situation for Madagascar’s population. Food insecurity and poverty put children at a high risk of dropping out of school. The dropout rate stands at about 40% in the country. Up to 50% of the schools have closed during the school year 2015-2016 in some districts. To be able to ensure quality education for all in Madagascar while facing these challenges, the national and regional education authorities need to be strengthened and supported.

In close collaboration with the Ministry of National Education, UNESCO, and its International Institute for Education Planning (IIEP), will work to strengthen the Ministry of Education’s crisis-sensitive planning capacities in line with the Education Sector Plan 2018-2022 and the 2030 Education Agenda Sustainable Development goal (SDG) 4. This initiative will also support the coordination and communication between the Ministry and the education partners to increase the education sector’s resilience to natural hazards.

The most important results will be that the humanitarian response is aligned with Madagascar’s education policies and plans, that the coordination’s capacities of the Ministry of Education are strengthened and that the relations between the Ministry and humanitarian partners are maintained throughout the response.

Madagascar is committed to achieving the 2030 Agenda. In the field of education, the Sectorial Plan for Education 2018-2022, endorsed by the Government and the Technical and Financial Partners in July, resolutely steers Madagascar's education system towards the global education goal.




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