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Construction work after Chedza cyclone

The construction work on basic social infrastructure affected by Cyclone Chedza begins, with ADB funding

Construction work
Construction work
The President of Madagascar, Hery RAJAONARIMAMPIANINA, the Administrator of the African Development Bank for Algeria, Guinea Bissau and Madagascar, Soraya MELLALI, the Resident Representative for the African Development Bank, Abdelkrim BENDJEBBOUR, the Minister for National Education, Paul RABARY, and the Representative of UNICEF Madagascar, Elke WISCH, today attended the laying of the foundation stone of the classrooms to be rebuilt for the benefit of the Sabotsy Namehana college and the Ambodimita public primary school, with funding from the ADB, which aims to restore the basic social infrastructure affected by Cyclone Chedza in 2015.

The ultimate aim of this urgent aid operation by the ADB is to support the Madagascan authorities and their partners in their efforts to alleviate the suffering of the populations in the affected areas. This aid includes, in particular: the construction of 23 classrooms, equipped with school furniture, using anti-cyclone techniques; latrines, and access to drinking water in 11 establishments (nine public primary schools in the Menabe region, and two establishments in Antananarivo). 5,240 students will benefit from this support, put in place by UNICEF. This aid will also include the restoration of health centres in partnership with the WHO, including an essential surgery wing with equipment at the medical centre in Miandrivazo, Menabe; and an equipped basic health centre provided with latrines and water fountains in Ambatolahy, Menabe. 230,000 residents will benefit from this support.

“Education is the key to development, because it is through education that mentalities change and that children, the future of our country, learn the basics which are necessary to succeed in life. The development of our country requires an education which is of good quality and is accessible to all. Education is among the priority sectors in which the regime I lead is investing”, declared the President of Madagascar, Hery RAJAONARIMAMPIANINA. 

In January 2015, Cyclone Chedza affected regions in the west, mid-west, centre and south-east of Madagascar, with heavy rain. More than 300 classrooms and a dozen basic health centres were partially or completely damaged. The extent of the damage recorded was such that the government, with the support of the United Nations System, made an appeal to the international community, including the African Development Bank Group, to come to the aid of the populations affected by the cyclone.

“Since the announcement of the devastating extent of the damage caused by this cyclone to the Malagasy population, the ADB has mobilised the last available emergency grant of the year, to make a contribution to the reconstruction efforts undertaken by the government. Over the course of the past six years, the Bank has granted the Republic of Madagascar emergency humanitarian aid several times”, confirmed the Administrator of the African Development Bank for Algeria, Guinea Bissau and Madagascar, Soraya MELLALI.
The number of new classrooms which should be built each year is estimated at 3,000. On top of these standard requirements, almost 1,200 additional classrooms need to be refurbished or rebuilt each year, to replace infrastructure damaged by natural catastrophes.
“This programme also forms part of the joint efforts of the government and its partners, including UNICEF, aiming to reinforce the ability of communities and basic social services to be resilient in the face of natural catastrophes. Much more than simply a roof under which to welcome the children, schools must be buildings where knowledge can be passed on, and children and teenagers can be equipped with the tools to participate in the construction of a better future, for themselves as well as for their country”, stated the Representative of UNICEF, Elke WISCH, who also warned that more than 1.5 million children do not have a primary school education, and appealed to all those involved to massively mobilise in the interests of development and the improvement of the education system for the sake of all children on the island.
The implementation of this operation is entrusted to UNICEF, which is the Lead Agency, in collaboration with the WHO, and the relevant ministries, particularly those of National Education and Public Health.

The President with the students
The President with the students

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