A total of 156 children are divided into 6 classes, from nursery (4/5 years old) to fifth grade. In addition to the 7 tenured teachers, 1 assistant teacher and 2 educators take care of the pupils full time. Besides, there is a coordinator, a cook, a caretaker, and a gardener. The school is free of charge, and it only welcomes poor children who have never been to school or who have dropped out.
As opposed to public primary schools, material conditions are optimal, with spacious classrooms and all-day classes. Some of the school supplies are donated by Fifaliana, while others are kept on hand at school.
Scholarships are awarded to students who have completed their primary education with us so that they can continue to study in secondary school.
Children and employees receive a free lunch every day because learning is impossible on an empty stomach. As malnutrition is a rampant problem in Madagascar, meals are balanced, made of rice, vegetables, and a fresh fruit every day. A cook is hired to run the canteen and parents take turns to help.
The school has its own small vegetable garden which produces vegetables, condiments, and medicinal plants. It will enable us to have free access to quality organic products. In addition, it is important that children learn the right habits so that they can achieve their own food self-sufficiency in the future. Eventually, we hope to grow some fruit trees.