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INDIAN OCEAN: Antsiranana schools projects embody Millennium Development Goals


Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza with children from St. Bartholomew's School in Ankotobe.  

[Diocese of Antsiranana]  Several schools projects in the Diocese of Antsiranana are progressing well and, even in remote places, the diocese is striving to achieve the mandate of the Millennium Development Goals to achieve universal primary education.

In the Sava area -- the vanilla cultivation area in north-east Madagascar -- three schools have been opened in Ampanefena Parish. St. Pierre's Anglican School has already reached 1,200 secondary students after only two years of activity.

Another school in Ansahatsara, in the middle of the rain forest, is struggling as it is very inaccessible. However, like the school in the village of Ankotobe, the facility has been developed to fight poverty. In providing education to children, even in remote places, Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza is aiming to pursue the Millennium Development Goals.

In the villages of Daraina Parish, two schools have been opened, in Ntingna and Antsoha. Recently, children proudly wearing the colors of the Malagasy flag attended an open-air confirmation service outside the church in Antsoha. The Rev. Octave Sola says that the schools have given a fresh start to mission and evangelization in the Anglican Church in Madagascar.

The schools which are being started are all using the church buildings as the initial venue for classes. New classrooms will be built later when the appropriate funding becomes available.