Inaugural ceremony at the Lutheran school SEJAFA in Farafangana

On July 30, 2018 the inaugural ceremony of the new infrastructure for the Lutheran school SEJAFA took place in Farafangana. The new infrastructure includes a one-storey building comprised of five well-equipped classrooms, a computer room, an auditorium, and a library.

The inaugural ceremony for the Lutheran school SEJAFA in Farafangana.

As part of the implementation of the project P3391 “decentralized education for blind”, the inaugural ceremony of the new infrastructure for the Lutheran school SEJAFA took place on 30th July 2018 in Farafangana. The implementing partner in the project is the Malagasy Lutheran Church (MLC) that benefited from the support of BMZ, through the CBM channel. The new infrastructure includes a one-storey building comprised of five well-equipped classrooms, a computer room, an auditorium, and a library. The infrastructure also includes an entertaining playground and a multifunctional sports ground. The old building of the school were also renovated, and includes classrooms for the primary first level, staff offices, and dormitories for students in boarding.

Inclusive education

In the framework of the inclusive education program adopted by the MLC, the newly renovated school is meant to serve as a resource center for the inclusion of blind children in the surrounding mainstream schools. The school will continue to provide education for children with visual impairment in the five inclusive application classes for teachers in training. For the current school year, the school has already enrolled 139 students, including 58 students with visual impairment.

The project “decentralized education for blind in Madagascar” is one of the 14 projects supported by CBM in Madagascar. The two-year project features the building construction and rehabilitation for the three Lutheran schools for blind children in Farafangana, Toliara and Toamasina. It also includes the capacity building of teachers and administrative staff, awareness raising of the community on inclusive education. The project supported as well the adapted computer training realized by the Federation of the associations of blind persons in Madagascar (FAAM) in Antsirabe.

Ceremony was well represented

The inaugural ceremony was well attended by the representatives from the MLC, from the local authorities, from CBM and from the project and the school staff and students. The MLC President, the Chief of the region, and the CBM Country Director were among those who made short remarks to praise this important achievement, and to acknowledge the BMZ and CBM support.