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Madagascar: Nearly 1.5 million Malagasy children are out of school

Madagascar: Nearly 1.5 million Malagasy children are out of school
Nearly 1.5 million children are out of school Malagasy because of the impoverishment that exists in Madagascar in recent years, highlighted UNICEF on Monday, while Friday took place the first round of presidential elections.
"There are 1.5 million children who do not attend primary school, it is a lost generation," lamented the resident representative of UNICEF in Madagascar Steven Lauwerier during a conference press conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Yet in 2008, on the eve of the political crisis of 2009, 4 million children were enrolled in primary schools of the island.
 "In Madagascar, things have worsened or stagnated" in recent years, said the representative of the UN children's Agency.
Children who go to the schools, according to UNICEF, take courses in overstaffed classes without adequate teaching materials, and the responsibility of primary school teachers who have for the most part no pedagogical training.
The island is shaken by a political crisis since Rajoelina took power by force pushing the President, Marc Ravalomanana, in flee into exile in 2009 to South Africa, as related by the Site.
Andry Rajoelina then endorsed the "unelected" costume of President of the Transition, which will end with the next presidential election.

During this period of transition, the international community has closed the taps in financial assistance of up to 40% of the national budget, and now nine out of 10 people live below the poverty line on less than two dollars per day.
"Madagascar has lost five years," says the resident of the Unicef ​​representative in Madagascar, Steven Lauwerier.
"Five years is a long time in the life of a child. It's huge, it's like having lost 1.5 million children who have not had the opportunity to learn generation to count, read, write, "he says.

Antso Rajaona

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