NEW School Project at Fonenana Updates!!

Paul McCarthy Confirms Fonenana School Project, Madagascar

An expression of interest or even a promise can be nice, but its not until someone follows through that you really know what they’re made of and the McCarthy family are following through in spades.

Paul first mentioned the Madagascar School Project to us about one year ago, and despite coronavirus, despite the turmoil that so many people are going through all over the world, and from all walks of life, Paul is following through on his promise.

What is so impressive in this situation is that Paul and the team at Adsum are meeting a very real need. Its not some vanity project that won’t mean anything to anyone.

In Fonenana, the parents, the kids, and the teachers want education, so much so that due to the lack of space, Fonenana Primary School has two daily sessions.

And its a credit to everyone involved that in Fonenana the education experience is going to get a timely, and well-deserved upgrade.

The project will be managed by Adsum, and we’d like to share some of the details about the project below, prepared by Adsum –

• to build 3 classrooms that are bright, welcoming, light, airy and dry
• to furnish the classrooms with locally made furniture
• to build a latrine block with 3 compartments and boys’ urinals
• to contribute to the alleviation of poverty
• to provide a healthier working/studying environment
• to motivate the teachers and to give the children a greater sense of

Madagascar is an island located in the western Indian Ocean off the east
coast of Southern Africa. It is the fourth largest island in the world.

The village of Fonenana, is in the Rural Commune of Imerintsiatosika, District of Arivonimamo, Itasy Region and is located about 33 kilometres on the national road RN1 from Antananarivo.

473 pupils aged 4 – 15


Fonenana Primary School was built by the government in 1958. It has three
classrooms. Due to the increase in pupil numbers, each classroom has been
divided in two as to accommodate as many children as possible.

State schools usually only have classes in the morning, however, due to the
lack of space, Fonenana Primary School has two daily sessions. Half the
children attend in the morning from 7h30 to 12h30 and the rest from 12h30
to 17h00.

In 2000 an NGO (Vatsy) built an office for the Head Teacher. This was later
divided into 2 rooms to accommodate pre-school children. The school is in relatively good condition in comparison to other rural schools.


The main problem of this school is the lack of space. Furthermore, the number of children attending the school is expected to increase in the years to come.

The school has 10 teachers. The Ministry of Education pays the salaries of 4
civil servant teachers. 4 teachers have their pay subsidised by the
government and the other 2 teachers, recruited locally are paid partly in
cash and in kind (cassava and sacks of rice) in principle by the members of
the Association of Parents who have children who attend the school.
The school has a well but it needs to be fixed.

Mrs Nivo, Head Teacher;

“The reason of my request is that I want to give the same opportunities to
all children.

Those who come in the afternoon have a greater chance of failing their exam as they are only taught for 25 hours a week instead of the standard 27 1/2, and even less during the rainy season when classes have to be suspended so the children can return home safely.”

Deputy Head Teacher;

“We have 10 classes including the preschool. Most children prefer to come
in the morning. It is unfair not to give all children the same opportunity.
But in present circumstances, due to lack of capacity, we have no choice.”

This community has shown its willingness to educate its children. Their full
cooperation and participation are assured. Improving conditions for these pupils will in due course make an important improvement to their future employment prospects and contribute to better living conditions and the fight against poverty.