Impact / Case Study

“IT MAKES ME SO PROUD TO SEE HIS HANDWRITING”

Madagascar

UWS Ankindranoke School

Falina and her family live in a remote village on the southwest coast of Madagascar. Here, hear about the changes Falina and the UWS Ankindranoke School community have experienced since the school opened

UWS Ankindranoke School

UWS opened UWS Ankindranoke School near Falina’s village back in 2022.

Every morning, Falina accompanies her son, Vonjy, to the school.

“The school is a walk away from our village, but I encourage the children to go every day. I accompany them to the school before returning to my work. This is my responsibility as a mother and I will always do this,” shared Falina.

Although Vonjy is 10 years old, he has enrolled in the Grade 1 class. Due to the rural location of his community, Vonjy never had the opportunity to receive an education but he isn’t letting this discourage him. Previously, his days were spent helping his mother in the fields, or fishing. As the first in his family to go to school, Vonjy knows that education offers him the chance to break the cycle of poverty:

“I really love school in Ankindranoke,” shared Vonjy. “In the future, there will be many opportunities here for people who have studied. I want to be one of them. I would like to learn how to speak French and travel to different cities. I will make every effort to achieve these goals”.

Falina works in the fields, growing cassava
Vonjy in class
Vonjy and his teacher
UWS Ankindranoke School

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