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We are currently working with 9 schools in the Kianjavato area. Many children in Madagascar do not have the opportunity to attend school.
Get to know the Teachers and students in Kianjavato. YOU can partner with a school in Madagascar. At Conservation Fusion we are directly connecting kids living amongst endangered wildlife with kids in the U.S. promoting an awareness of local and global conservation challenges. By learning the names and faces of each other, youth connect in ways that make it real.
We are exploring new ways to educate,empowering youth through hands on, inquiry-based education to find innovative solutions to real world problems, affecting us all. A liaison between these distant cultures, people and ideas, Conservation Fusion helps foster ways we can all conserve and live sustainably for our future.
AMBOHITSARA PRIMARY SCHOOL
Ambohitsara EPP primary school is the greatest distance from the KAFS fieldstation. This school currently has 232 students and only 8 teachers. During this CF art activity, students learn about the reforestation efforts and how lemurs are important seed dispersers. Thanks Lemurs!
The school mascot is the Black and White ruffed lemur. Check out more pictures in this school's album in the photo section. E-mail us if you would like to partner with these kids to Be the Change!
FOTOBOHITRA PRIMARY SCHOOL
Students: 126, Teachers: 3
The school mascot for Fotobohitra is Jolly's Mouse lemur. This small primate is about the size of a hamster with a tail. This special animal is found ONLY in the Kianjavato region and was discovered by our partners, The amazing Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership who are conducting state of the art genetic studies at the Omaha Zoo. When we first began the education program, many children viewed this cute lemur only as a source of food. Once they learned kids all over the world were studying about this Mouse lemur and the other unique plants and animals, they vowed to protect and preserve them. We are currently exploring new food source alternatives to incorporate local customs.
This primary school is in the heart of the Kianjavato region. Currently there are 435 students and only 9 teachers. These Malagasy children are celebrating biodiversity and are proud to have the Greater Bamboo lemur represent their school. This lemur was once thought to be extinct in Madagascar. Now, due to the conservation endeavors of the MBP and Conservation Fusion education programs, hunting of these endangered primates has ceased. Local children and community members now embrace their furry friend as they become direct beneficiaries of conservation.
Students participate in the first ever Water Conservation Day, "Rano-O-Rama!" On December 4th, 2010 over 3,500 students marched more than 2 kilometers to show off their school mascots and new knowledge of clean water and sanitation singing songs and dancing in the parade! The school mascot for Kianjavato is the leaf-tailed gecko. These reptiles have a tail which resembles a leaf to help them stay camoflauged. Can you find the school mascot in the picture?
Saint Dominique students total 260 and they currently have 6 teachers. Students are excited to fly high with their mascot, the Luna Moth. Tahiana was chosen to represent the school in the Rano-O-Rama festivities. This student looks on admiringly at his very own Greater Bamboo Lemur puppet, made from a paper sack, cotton ball, google eyes and a whole lot of love! With 2/3 of the Malagasy population under the age of 20...CF identifies a unique opportunity to educate and influence the next generation of Malagasy leaders...the KIDS!
Many students must abandon school once they reach the 5th grade to help their families grow and harvest food or collect fuelwood for cooking. Sometimes the nearest school is too far to walk each day on an empty stomach. In Kianjavato, there is only one secondary school for the lucky children who can attend classes.
The children attending this school have started an environmental club with the help of a Peace Corp representative, Ashley Park who lives in a small hut near the school. Youth at Omaha North High Magnet made a unique connection with the CEG students thanks to funding Conservation Fusion received from the Omaha Community Foundations Youth in Philanthropy program.
Students at Omaha North Magnet designed T-shirts for Malagasy youth. Learning firsthand the challenges teens face in Madagascar, such as not having access to clean drinking water motivated Engineering students to design a solar powered water purification system for communities in Kianjavato.