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“…As far as they can go…”

Beravina Community School October 2014

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Dear Aina Madagascar ‘s Friends

“Here we are again at the beginning of the new school year 2014 – 2015. First foremost we would like to express our thanks for your unconditional support and devotion in order to overcome all odds, challenges since the start of Beravina Community School in 2011.”

We would like to mention also thanks to our teachers, villagers and children from Beravina who are always motivated and dedicated to our common goals.

We remind that Beravina Community School has been defined a place where free thinking, equality, fairness and secularism are the core values. Those will make them tomorrow’s citizens with critical thinking and creativity and rise above the challenges of our society to give practical solutions to their everyday life shortcomings.

How was the year school 2013 – 2014 look like?

Everyone knows that last school year was tough: Socioeconomic pressures, mismanagements from the public administration, climatic disturbances (droughts, floods, Cyclone…) and insect invasions (locust)

Despite all those facts, the outcome of the school year 2013 – 2014 was encouraging:

  • Improvement at the proficient level of Children comparing to the last two years
  • A significant increase in the number of children attending school.
  • Low school drop outs
  • And for the first time all our 09 students from 5th grade succeed their official exam. With their first official diploma ( CEPE, Primary School Certificate), they have finished their learning at Beravina Community school and keep on studying to the secondary schools located 45 minutes from Bravina village.

Outlook for 2014 – 2015

Alternative and customized curriculum

Aina Madagascar will maintain its alternative education, which does not conform to a conventional standard in order that our curriculum will meet the needs of Beravina village and Madagascar.

We noticed last year, some reasons to explain the failure of some students; those who were sitting at the back of the rooms, those who were shy and those who were suffering from malnutrition. This year, we are going to adapt and customize our educational approach and methodology

Each teacher has received annual training, and goals that they have to achieve in each class. Those aims will be controlled weekly by Aina Madagascar. A data base will be collected to check out the result and performance of the kids, it doesn’t mean that they have to compete and run after the good grades, but a mean to find out their strengths and weakness and identify the factors blocking their improvements

                Reading, reading, reading

Reading French & Malagasy will be a must. Each class from 3th, 4th and 5th grade must read at least one book each trimester, any opportunity for them to practice the reading comprehension, Grammar use, and vocabulary. Basic English will be taught by our English speaker volunteers

In addition, if the school electrification succeeded, we would like to launch the computer-based learning. The use of informatics through the education software, word and excel will be an efficient means to wake up the curiosity of the kids. The desire to manipulate computer will be a motivation for them to attend school.


Negotiations are underway with a gardener in Beravina who owns a vast area and might initiate kids into gardening

                School canteen project

To alleviate chronic malnutrition among children, we are working out together with Beravina villagers to set up a school canteen.

Since 2011, Beravina villagers have been agreed to collect fund and save it to finance one day a common project that improve their kids education.
So in this school year 2014-2015, parents would like to take part financially to that school canteen in order to eat properly as well as continue their education. The school canteen project will stimulate enrolment, will ensure student attendance and will reduce dropout and malnutrition.

We certainly let you know how that project will evolve and of course your suggestions and remarks are always welcome.

Children education is fundamental for all society. And in the ideal world, primary education would be universal for free and financed by public administration. An adult person who did not receive basic education during his childhood will face difficulties to find his place in modern society nowadays. An educated woman will have more choice in her life.

Beravina students this year 2014 – 2015


Level Boys Girls Total each level
1st grade 12 14 26
2nd grade 07 05 12
3rd grade 09 12 21
4th grade 10 11 21
5th grade 07 03 10
Total 45 45 90

Beravina villagers,Aina Madagascar team and our friends all over the world have been always working hand in hand since the creation of the Beravina Community School.

“A dream” that was the beginning of our adventure and we believed it. We are at the dawn of achieving that dream, it takes shape and materializes step by step, we strongly believe, that their turn also, Beravina kids will have opportunity to realize their dream, because deep down, we are all big dreamers that we are looking forward to running after it


Bye 2013….and hello 2014

Aina Madagascar friends, 2013 is a year to remember, the words that come to our mind are « Thank you », your unconditional support are so appreciated. Wish you All the best in 2014 and beyond.

Misaotra tompoko

The Aina Madagascar team


“…The night is darkest just before the dawn…”

Dear “Aina Madagascar” friends,

…Without a doubt, we are now the result from years of hardworking, efforts, made together with the brave children of Beravina, villagers, the AINA MADAGASCAR team, the AINA MADAGASCAR travelers, the AINA MADAGASCAR friends all around the world, and our generous donors. All of us, we have made the school year 2012-2013 a success…

Madagascar actually


A political crisis has started in Madagascar since 2009. As a consequence, bad effects have occurred to the Malagasy population. The economy has suffered, the World Bank reported that more than 92 % of Malagasy population is living under $ 2 a day, that makes Madagascar one of the poorest countries in the world, and unfortunately, Beravina village can’t be spared. Apparently, Madagascar will not be able to reach the most of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015.

Beravina School year 2012-2013

Despite the challenges to overcome and the political turmoil that Madagascar has to face, we acknowledge the Beravina children’s motivation and their attitudes.  We remind you that only 25% of pupils succeeded last year but now we are so proud to announce that 83, 07% of them pass to the next grade

School year result 2012-2013







1st Grade





2nd Grade





3rd Grade





4th Grade











rate %


09 ,23%




The Beravina pupils 2012-2013

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We are so amazed by the Beravina children’s mental toughness. Malagasy people have to face tough due to the political uproar. However, we noticed Beravina children understand that only two choices are available. On one hand, they can hide from that harsh conditions, by wallowing in sorrow and cloud their mind as quitting is the simple solution to ignore those challenges or on the other hand, they can step up and make the commitment to change even if at the first time things don’t look easy. And the 83% of them have taken the second option.

The next school year 2013-2014

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For the third year of Beravina School, we would like to maintain their level and always seek for improvement.

A new classroom will be opened for the 5th grade. Teachers training will be reinforced, practices will be intensified. We will emphasize on responsible leadership, community service, creativity, analysis sprit. We have decided that practices and homework should be done at school; we noticed that children prefer to study at school even if they have to stay late than getting home soon.


Reading will be a must in three languages: Malagasy, French and English. We will give access to our pupils, books, text, and they have to report what they have read periodically. We focus on community involvement such as Beravina villagers, Teachers, the AINA MADAGASCAR team, AINA MADAGASCAR travelers. Supply of materials should be maintained through our travelers and friends all around the world. We will work with Beravina villagers to identify the adversities to education for their children. And finally, girls should be encouraged to join the school.

Beravina Community School 2012-2013

The Beravina community school is managed by AINA MADAGASCAR and the Beravina villagers. The school construction and its managing are not possible without the solidarity contributions from our solidarity trips, donations and support from our friends all around the world.

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Due to the political skirmish in Madagascar and the current global financial crisis, the number of our travelers is in decline so as a consequence Aina Madagascar has a little trouble to finance the school functioning and to cover the school operating costs. However, Beravina villagers and the AINA MADAGASCAR team feel acknowledge for those who contribute, give us support and interest. All of their commitment was incredibly helpful and allowed us to make that school year 2012-2013 with success. They were so appreciated and their generosity will make an immediate difference to improve the basic education of Beravina children.

Let’s take part in Beravina Community School

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Beravina community school is built by AINA MADAGASCAR; it is a non-traditional school with a different curriculum and methods from the formal one. The main goal is to achieve widespread primary education for free, with high standards level in quality and efficiency as well as stimulate creativity, in that case give the Beravina kids to believe again in their dreams and make them into reality. In the school year 2012-2013, 65 children attended the school for free. Positive impacts are obvious, increase of attending students each year, and improvement of children’s level literacy, mathematics, Madagascar and worldwide History & geography, Science, Art …

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For the next school year 2013-2014, a new classroom will be opened for the 5th grade. We will be able to add more 20 Students making 85 pupils in total. Many ways to take part and get involved are possible: Traveling and discovering the Great Island with AINA MADAGASCAR, volunteering program, and finally, for those who share out our values, ideas and goals although cannot travel to Madagascar and want to act and contribute morally or financially to AINA MADAGASCAR’s solidarity projects.


“Inspire, teach, and empower Beravina children for their future”. That is our vision; actually, Madagascar is at its dark side of its History, as a saying reported: “The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming”. Despite the recession and trouble Madagascar has got actually, our project stands firm in the face of adversities. Hardships and tough times are part of life. Since we have started our project, the Beravina villagers, the AINA MADAGASCAR team, the AINA MADAGASCAR travelers and the AINA MADAGASCAR friends all around the world have agreed that in spite of diversities we have all come together as one and working on contributing universal primary education. Altogether, we would like to make our solidarity trips with AINA MADAGASCAR a way where all of us can act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood in order to get rewards of joy and meaning.

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Do not wish for less problems wish for more skills

” Don’t wish it was easier wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge wish for more wisdom” – Jim Rohn

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Our Solidarity project in Beravina Village

Education systems in remote and rural communities of Madagascar have suffered from changing government priorities over time. It was observed in 1980s that school was qualified as means for citizen brainwashing. However improvement was made in 2000s (after 20 years) both in access and quality of formal education. Unfortunately, the political crisis in Madagascar in 2009 affected recession to the progress that had been made. As a result, a vast majority of poorer population has a tiny choice to send their children in disadvantaged public school. And most of parents do not trust the benefits of education and prefer to put their kids to work in the rice fields for agriculture tasks.

Aina Madagascar shares the ideas of “Millennium Goals” including the “Education for all” and decides to focus their solidarity projects on that way. From 2008 to 2010, we gave scholarship to 14 children from Beravina to a private school in the north of Antananarivo (Fees, school catering, equipment are sponsored by Aina Madagascar).

01Since 2011, we would like to go beyond our hope and has made a challenge to build a community school not only for the 14 children but also for all Kids from Beravina and its surroundings. It is a non-traditional school with a different curriculum and methods from the formal one.


The main goal is to achieve widespread primary education for all Beravina children for free and without financial charge from parents, with high standards level in quality and efficiency as well as stimulate creativity, analysis in that case give the Beravina kids to believe again in their dreams and make them into reality.

The school building started in March 2011. For 09 months of building the school opened its doors in October 2011.

They received 65 children for 04 grades in elementary level: 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade.


School resolutions:

*100 children each year
*Opening a library room: Reading room, where kids can study and reinforce their knowledge when they go to college and high school
*Make the electricity available to the school: Use of computer, Internet, IT, Lab work …
*Upgrade the level of the kids: reading comprehension, practice …
*Use of creativity in practical way
*Open the mind of the kids to new world, thinking outside the box


The Aina Madagascar team

Solidarity trips with AINA MADAGASCAR

Tourism Businness in Madagascar has already developed since ages. Indeed, Big firms in tourism industry left their footprints not always as good as expected such as overexploitation of natural resources, folklorization, loss of identity of local population, rising of the cost of living in high spot of tourism area, prostitution …
Tourism could not lead in that way, it should build relationships to local and worldwide population, empower people, exchange culture in equitable way; Local population should get benefits directly from tourists’ activities not only materially speaking but above all human level. Tourism should offer a better future to poor regions thanks to the human and expertise exchange. Those are what Tourism should be and what Aina Madagascar is all about.

AINA MADAGASCAR is committed to a substitute to mass Tourism. “Solidarity Tourism” could be defined as activities or organizations working on making low impact on the natural environment and local culture. Besides, it could help to generate equitable income and employments for locals and finally, make environmental integrity, social justice and economic development.

The trip with AINA MADAGASCAR is always divided in two parts :7

The first part of the stay, travelers will spend few days in an isolated village (Ankarefo or Beravina); they will share their everyday life, exchange their knowledge with locals, they may usually get involve in health giving hands in health care center in the village or reinforce kids’ education from the village by teaching them at the primary public school of the village

The second part of the stay will be on the road trip around Madagascar, discovering its scenery, its culture, its fauna and flora, the accommodation will be with the host families network all around the island ( Antananarivo, Antsirabe, Fianarantsoa, Manakara, Sainte Marie…) or hotels with our escort tour guide,

Our volunteers

“Volunteers do not get paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.”

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