September 15, 2008

Writethru: Educationnal Reform Officially Launched in Madagascar

Writethru: Educationnal reform officially launched in Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Madagascan President Marc Ravalomanana officially launched the reform of education in Madagascar here on Friday and provided the ministerial decision of allocations for 2,719 semi specialized teachers who have just finished their one-year training in 16 educational centers of the Indian Ocean island country.

The President Marc Ravalomanana said in the ceremony attended by 5,000 guests that this first day of the educational reform was great for Madagascar because basic education was a lever of moral, intellectual, spiritual, economic and cultural development.

Madagascar chosed the educational reform because it was to achieve the objectives of the country, which are already defined by the Madagascar Action Plan, a big challenge for the big island, launched at the end of 2006 for the years 2007 to 2012.

The economic development of Madagascar was the attainment of educational reform that uses nationam language, Malagasy as the language of education for basic education to the intellectual and civic education, the president added.

The President said that the success of an educational center was based on the leadership of school leaders, infrastructure in schools and skills of trainers.

The President also asked the support of student parents to schools leaders and encouraged the various associations working for the success of education in Madagascar especially parents and educators associations.

The programme of education reform was based on the extension of the programme "Education for all," capacity building for teachers and staff in the Ministry of National Education, training for teachers, equality between educators and use of new educational tools.

The President said that the reform of education was pertinent to the reality in Madagascar following the globalization and able to compete internationally.

Ravalomanana said that development exists in the Indian Ocean island country since the government set up the Madagascar Action Plan though efforts had to be done, and leaders had to work hard, work together, and work well to achieve the objectives of the country as well as donors Funds have trust to Madagascar.

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